Prevention and treatment of obesity in adults with learning disabilities
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Prevention and treatment of obesity in adults with learning disabilities

Charlotte Shoneye Specialist obesity dietitian, Weight Concern, London

People with learning disabilities experience health inequalities and are at greater risk than the general population of developing problems associated with an unhealthy lifestyle. Obesity is also higher in this group as are the mortality and morbidity from related conditions. Lack of education, income and medical attention mean that people with learning disabilities are vulnerable to poor nutrition, inadequate physical activity and excessive weight gain. Appropriate training and support for health professionals are essential.

Learning Disability Practice. 15, 3, 32-37. doi: 10.7748/ldp2012.


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This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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