Overweight and obesity among adults with intellectual disabilities who use intellectual disability/developmental disability services in 20 U.S. States

Roger J. Stancliffe, K. Charlie Lakin, Sheryl Larson, Joshua Engler, Julie Bershadsky, Sarah Taub, Jon Fortune, Renata Ticha

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Abstract

The authors compare the prevalence of obesity for National Core Indicators (NCI) survey participants with intellectual disability and the general U.S. adult population. In general, adults with intellectual disability did not differ from the general population in prevalence of obesity. For obesity and overweight combined, prevalence was lower for males with intellectual disability than for the general population but similar for women. There was higher prevalence of obesity among women with intellectual disability, individuals with Down syndrome, and people with milder intellectual disability. Obesity prevalence differed by living arrangement, with institutional residents having the lowest prevalence and people living in their own home the highest. When level of intellectual disability was taken into account, these differences were reduced, but some remained significant, especially for individuals with milder disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-418
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican journal on intellectual and developmental disabilities
Volume116
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

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