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ERIC Number: EJ988594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
International BMI Comparison of Children and Youth with Intellectual Disabilities Participating in Special Olympics
Lloyd, Meghann; Temple, Viviene A.; Foley, John T.
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v33 n6 p1708-1714 Nov-Dec 2012
The purpose of this study was to describe the BMI status of children and youth with intellectual disabilities by world region, gender and age. A total of 9678 children and youth records were available from the Special Olympics International Health Promotion database after data cleaning (6084 boys and 3594 girls). Children were defined as 8-11 year olds (n = 2035), and youth were defined as 12-18 year olds (n = 7643). BMI prevalence rates were computed using the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) cut-points, and logistic regression was used to determine if either age or gender was associated with being overweight or obese. Approximately 30% of the sample was overweight or obese; however, the prevalence rates in North America were much higher, particularly among girls. Fifty-four percent of girls (95% confidence interval [CI], 51.4-57.2%) were overweight or obese. Logistic regression revealed that both age and gender were significant predictors in North America; however this pattern was not consistent throughout the world regions. BMI status is a significant indicator of health, and these findings suggest that overweight and obesity are significant health concerns for children and youth with intellectual disabilities around the world. Obesity rates in this population are particularly high in North America, and the odds of becoming overweight or obese increased with age in North America. It is critical that health professionals increase Health Promotion efforts, including physical activity and healthy eating behaviors for children and youth with intellectual disabilities. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North America