A Novel Weight-Loss Tool Designed for Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Psychiatry

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Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Disability Studies | Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases | Pediatrics | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology


Obesity is among the most significant public health problems facing our society today. Not only do high rates of obesity contribute to soaring health care costs, the condition may also contribute to diminished quality of life among those affected. There is clear evidence of the negative influence of obesity on general health, with increased risk of some chronic diseases demonstrated in both pediatric and adult populations. For youth and adolescents especially, weight management efforts come at a critical time because pediatric obesity has been shown to persist into adulthood, with the prevalence of comorbid chronic disease increasing as weight gain continues over time.

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Weems M, Truex L, Scampini R, Fleming R, Curtin C, Bandini L. A Novel Weight-Loss Tool Designed for Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Oct;117(10):1503-1508. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2016.09.006. Epub 2016 Nov 2. PMID: 27815059; PMCID: PMC5453838. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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