Top of Page Recent evidence suggests that although childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, this problem appears to be even more prevalent among children with developmental or learning disabilities (1–4).Obesity poses medical problems such as sleep apnea, insulin resistance, and hyperlipidemia, as well as psychosocial consequences such as social isolation, pain, and depression (5,6).Factors Predicting Physical Activity Among Children With Special Needs. Both lack of physical activity and unhealthful eating are major contributing factors.
Psychiatrists will use the practical information to ensure proper counseling, healthy nutrition, and appropriate exercises for patients with eating disorders and disordered eating.
Her research in sport nutrition and obesity prevention spans more than 15 years.
She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the American Dietetic Association and the American Society for Nutrition.
Methods We surveyed parents of the 171 children attending Vista Del Mar School in Los Angeles, a nonprofit school serving a socioeconomically diverse group of children with special needs from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Parents were asked about their child’s and their own physical activity habits, barriers to their child’s exercise, and demographics. Multivariate logistic regression was used to examine predictors of children being physically active at least 3 hours per week.