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Degenerative Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Intellectual Disability, Childhood Overweight and Obesity

  • Open or Close Ray Marks1,2*

    1Department of Health, City University of New York, USA

    2Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Columbia University, USA

    *Corresponding author: Marks R, Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, Box 114, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027, USA

Submission: December 07, 2017;Published: December 18, 2017

Volume1 Issue1
December 2017


Exercise, a vital health-promoting activity, regardless of health status, is often recommended for helping to prevent or reduce the onset and progression of obesity, a major global health concern. Yet, even though youth with disabilities may be at a high risk for obesity, little effort seems to be applied towards encouraging the use exercise among youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This brief attempts to explain why obesity prevention is needed and how to promote this among this special needs group of youth, where participating in physical activity and sustaining this is very challenging.

Keywords: Developmental disability; Exercise; Intellectual disability; Overweight; Obesity; Prevention; Physical activity; Youth

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