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

Published:November 02, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2016.09.006
      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.
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      • Mackay D.F.
      • Fenwick E.
      • Pell J.P.
      Meta-analysis of the association between body mass index and health-related quality of life among adults, assessed by the SF-36.
      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.
      • Reilly J.J.
      • Kelly J.
      Long-term impact of overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence on morbidity and premature mortality in adulthood: A systematic review.
      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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      • Ivery D.
      • Coates R.J.
      • Freedman D.S.
      • Williamson D.F.
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      Do obese children become obese adults? A review of the literature.
      • Reilly J.J.
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      Health consequences of obesity.
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