NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ962140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Nutrition Needs Assessment of Young Special Olympics Participants
Gibson, Jennifer C.; Temple, Viviene A.; Anholt, Jane P.; Gaul, Catherine A.
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v36 n4 p268-272 Dec 2011
Background: Children with intellectual disability (ID) are at increased risk for obesity and nutrition-related health concerns, yet there is a paucity of data describing their nutrition status. The purpose of this study was to evaluate nutritional challenges of young participants (2-10 years of age) enrolled in Special Olympics Canada (SOC) programs. Method: A validated nutrition screening tool was mailed to 52 parents/caregivers of participants across 18 SOC programs in British Columbia, Canada. Results: Of the 29 (55.8%) questionnaires returned, 62.1% scored as "high" nutrition risk. Nutrition concerns included feeding (84.2%), oral motor (57.9%), and dental problems (26.3%), food allergies/intolerances (26.3%), constipation (15.8%), anaemia (10.3%), and diarrhoea (5.3%). Body mass index (BMI) for age data classified 16.7% of participants as overweight/obese and 22.2% as underweight. Conclusions: This study identifies some of the unique nutrition issues faced by children with ID. These data can help inform future ID health-related nutrition, prevention, and treatment programs. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Informa Healthcare. Telephone House, 69-77 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4LQ, UK. Tel: 800-354-1420; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada