ERIC Number: EJ851103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Weight Status of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Maaskant, Marian A.; van Knijff-Raeven, Ankie G. M.; van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk, Henny M. J.; Veenstra, Marja Y.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v22 n5 p426-432 Sep 2009
Background: The aim was to study the weight and weight status of the study group in 2002 and 2007, and to study the differences in weight and weight status between 2002 and 2007 and the risk groups for (becoming) overweight/obese. Materials and Methods: The Body Mass Index (BMI) of 336 clients of a Dutch service provider for persons with intellectual disabilities was calculated in 2002 and 2007. Results: The mean increase in BMI between 2002 and 2007 was 0.8 (2.2 kg). In 2002, 36% of the study group was overweight/obese; this was higher in 2007: 45%. The expected relationship between increase in BMI and the change in living circumstances could not be confirmed. Conclusions: Further research into health-control programmes, weight status, food-intake and physical exercise is recommended.
Descriptors: Obesity, Body Composition, Exercise, Mental Retardation, Scientific Concepts, Body Weight, At Risk Persons, Followup Studies, Foreign Countries, Correlation, Eating Habits, Physical Activity Level
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands