Navigation Links
People with a disability more likely to be obese, have chronic illnesses
Date:6/26/2013

HOUSTON (June 26, 2013) Adults with a disability are more likely to be obese or extremely obese than those without a disability according to a study led by researchers at The University of Texas School of Public Health, which is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

There are approximately 54 million Americans living with a disability and according to the latest research, nearly 42 percent of American adults with a disability were reported as obese and 9 percent as extremely obese. Participants were identified as having a disability if they reported mobility issues.

The findings are from a recent study published in the June edition of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. The study is believed to be the first to assess the obesity prevalence of people with a disability based on measured height and weight rather than relying on participants to provide this information.

"Prior to this research, national samples only indicated obesity prevalence in adults with disabilities at 29 to 31 percent," said Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, Ph.D., lead author of the paper and associate professor of health promotion and behavioral science at The UT School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus. "We were surprised at the magnitude of how high obesity prevalence was among those with a disability."

According to the study, adults with a disability had a higher prevalence of several chronic illnesses including diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. People with disabilities were twice as likely to have prescribed medication for hypertension and lipid-lowering medicine.

Froehlich-Grobe says the obesity disparity between people with disabilities and people without a disability should be addressed. She suggests that primary care providers should amp up their efforts on counseling patients to change their lifestyle with diet and exercise instead of only prescribing medication to control the chronic illnesses.

"Health care providers face a challenge when it comes to helping their patients with a disability manage their weight when exercise and physical activity play such an important role in weight management," said Froehlich-Grobe. "People with disabilities are underserved by national efforts aiming at reducing and preventing obesity. We must focus on managing and reducing weight for individuals with a disability."

Recent guidelines say those with disabilities should participate in moderate physical activity and be as active as they can within the limitations of their disability. For more information on how people with a disability can become more active, visit The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability's website.


'/>"/>

Contact: Stephanie Logue
stephanie.d.logue@uth.tmc.edu
979-219-2366
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. MacaInfo.org Offers In-Depth Answers the 20 Most Common Questions People Have about Maca
2. Saliva proteins may protect older people from influenza
3. ACS podcast: Many people still lack access to flush toilets, adequate sanitation
4. Mystery solved: Why people on dialysis have increased risk of heart attack
5. People can beat guilt detection tests by suppressing incriminating memories
6. Landscapes of Resilience to study how people use nature as a source of recovery
7. Progress in introducing cleaner cook stoves for billions of people worldwide
8. Genetic discovery found to influence obesity in people of African ancestry
9. Carnivores, livestock and people manage to share same space study finds
10. Single gene might explain dramatic differences among people with schizophrenia
11. New study could explain why some people get zits and others dont
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/14/2016)... , March 14, 2016 NXTD ... growing mobile commerce market, announces the airing of a new ... starting the week of March 21 st .  The commercials ... including its popular Squawk on the Street show. --> ... on the growing mobile commerce market, announces the airing of ...
(Date:3/10/2016)... PUNE, India , March 10, 2016 ... to a new market research report "Identity and Access ... SSO, & Audit, Compliance, and Governance), by Organization Size, ... Forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, The market is ... to USD 12.78 Billion by 2020, at a Compound ...
(Date:3/9/2016)... , March 9, 2016  Crossmatch ® , ... enrollment solutions, today announced the addition of smart ... Altus multi-factor authentication platform. New contextual and ... to step-up security where it,s needed most — ... Washington, DC . --> ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Leading CEOs from biotech, ... 31st and June 1st at The Four Seasons Hotel Boston. , The Boston ... sciences, offering exclusive access to key decision makers who influence deal making and ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 2016 - And Other Rising ... of Those Competitor Biologics  - Biosimilar Drug ... Prospects ,  Who are the most important ... are their sales potentials? Discover, in our updated survey, ... opportunities and revenue forecasting. Visiongain,s ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... , May 2, 2016 Q ... its technology partner Mannin Research Inc. will be attending ... which takes place from May 1-5, 2016 in ... be meeting with its vendors and research partners. The ... development goals and other collaborative opportunities for the MAN-01 ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Italy (PRWEB) , ... April 30, 2016 , ... The ... extraordinary textile design, the bioLogic team explored how bacterial properties can be applied to ... of using Natto bacteria, which move in response to humidity change. The team harvested ...
Breaking Biology Technology: