Title

The healthy weight research network: a research agenda to promote healthy weight among youth with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities

UMMS Affiliation

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

Publication Date

2017-02-01

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Disability Studies | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Mental Disorders | Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases | Pediatrics

Abstract

The Healthy Weight Research Network (HWRN) for children with autism and developmental disabilities is an interdisciplinary network with national representation. This paper discusses the modified Delphi procedure that was used to develop the HWRN's research agenda to address the problem of obesity in children with autism and developmental disabilities. The five research areas identified for priority included: (i) family practices around food/mealtimes; (ii) physical activity and sedentary behaviours in relation to weight; (iii) relationship between food patterns, behaviour and weight gain; (iv) programme-adaption and delivery; and (v) influence of school and community-based organizations on food intake and physical activity. The goals and agenda of the HWRN hold promise for making progress toward the prevention and successful treatment of obesity in this population.

Keywords

Autism, developmental disabilities, obesity, prevention, research network

DOI of Published Version

10.1111/ijpo.12109

Source

Curtin C, Must A, Phillips S, Bandini L. The healthy weight research network: a research agenda to promote healthy weight among youth with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Pediatr Obes. 2017 Feb;12(1):e6-e9. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12109. Epub 2016 Feb 24. PMID: 26916513; PMCID: PMC5344699. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Pediatric obesity

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

26916513

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