Researchers Seek to Prevent High Obesity Risk Among Disabled Children

by Tanya Thomas on  May 5, 2010 at 11:14 AM Child Health News
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For long, children with disabilities have been at increased risk of obesity. Now, a team of researchers seeks to rectify that by describing possible ways to prevent or treat this problem.
 Researchers Seek to Prevent High Obesity Risk Among Disabled Children
Researchers Seek to Prevent High Obesity Risk Among Disabled Children

In the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, Thomas Reinehr and his colleagues from Witten/Herdecke University have tried to tackle the problem.

There are many reasons that a disabled child may be overweight. One reason may be the disability itself, for example, if this includes the cerebral regions responsible for weight regulation. Lack of exercise may also be important; this may be linked to a physical or mental disability or be due to overprotective care providers.

These children or adolescents are anyway restricted by their disabilities and the consequences of overweight are often more serious than for healthy persons. Problems associated with disability include social isolation, restricted mobility, and depression. These problems are often exacerbated by overweight, further reducing the child's independence.

Current therapeutic approaches for obese children and adolescents are of little or no use for obese disabled children. Only a few interventional studies have been performed which are adapted to specific disabilities. The patients can be assisted in reducing their overweight if they are instructed about the importance of nutrition and exercise and are helped in reducing factors which restrict their mobility.

Source: ANI
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