Obesity

Physical activity, dietary habits and overall health in overweight and obese children and youth with intellectual disability or autism

Hinckson EA, Dickinson A, Water T, Sands M, Penman L.  Centre for Child Health Research, Institute of Public Health and Mental Health, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. erica.hinckson@aut.ac.nz.  Res Dev Disabil. 2013 Apr;34(4):1170-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2012.12.006. Epub 2013 Feb 9. In children and youth with disability, the risk of obesity is higher and is associated […]

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Obesity and Disability

Obesity increases the risk of many health conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers, high blood pressure, lipid disorders, stroke and more. While obesity affects more than one‐third of all adult Americans, people with disabilities are more likely to be overweight or obese and often have fewer tools for controlling weight at their disposal. 20% of children […]

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Sports and disability.

Participation in recreational and competitive sports at an early age has long been touted as a positive influence on growth and development, and for fostering lifelong healthy lifestyles. The benefits of an active lifestyle include not only fitness, but the promotion of a sense of inclusion and improved self-esteem. These benefits are well documented in […]

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Obesity Resources: Spinal Cord Injury

 “Special Nutritional Needs for People with SCI/D,” March 2006   United Spinal Association       Format             Webpage                      According to this webpage, people with spinal cord injury or disorders (SCI/D) are more likely to be obese, which causes many health issues, including increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, which may be deadly […]

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“The Consequences of Obesity in Children with Spina Bifida”

OandPBusinessNews (orthotics and prosthetics)   Format             Online news article   This article is geared toward families of children with spina bifida and the practitioners who work with these children.  It states that at least 50% of children with spina bifida have a likelihood of being overweight beyond age 6, and from adolescence through adulthood more […]

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In SHAPE Program

Monadnock Family Services   Format             Health promotion program    In SHAPE, a health promotion program for people with mental illness, strives to improve physical health and quality of life, reduce the risk of preventable diseases, and lengthen the life expectancy of individuals with severe mental illnesses.  In SHAPE participants work with trained health mentors to […]

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“Mind/Body Health: Obesity”

The American Psychological Association                       Format             Fact sheet                   This fact sheet describes obesity as one of the country’s most serious health problems that increases the risk of many health conditions.  It discusses possible causes of obesity, including certain reactions to sadness, anxiety, or stress.  There is […]

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“Health Behaviors—Weight Management” webpage

 Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD)               Format             Webpage                     This webpage states that although most women with physical disabilities report that they follow a healthy diet, when asked specifically about their dietary behaviors, there is usually a discrepancy between perceived “healthy diets” and reported fruit and vegetable intake. The […]

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Obesity Resources: Children

“Disability/Condition: Children with Disabilities and Obesity” National Center for Physical Activity and Disability   Format             On-line fact sheet                    This fact sheet states that children with disabilities are at an even greater risk for obesity than children in the general population because of their sedentary lifestyle. It describes the many medical problems that may arise […]

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Obesity Resources for Adults with Disabilities

“Cutting the Fat” webpage   Craig Hospital Format             Webpage   The focus of this webpage is on diet and facts about fat that can be applied to one’s grocery shopping, meal preparation, and eating. Included are things that can be done to lower fat intake and increase the proportion of good fats.   It is important […]

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