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December 13, 2011

Weight Difficulties for Kids

In a recent report, 36% of children with physical/mental challenges were found to be obese as opposed to 30% of children without physical/mental challenges. Children analyzed ranged in age from 10-17.  There was also a greater probability the child had weight troubles based on the seriousness of the condition.

“It allows us to measure children’s health, well-being and health care system performance in the context of their family, home, community and school environments — and to compare across many subgroups of children within and across states,” said Christina Bethell, a professor of pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. “This information is important to identify priorities and opportunities for improving children’s health and health care in the United States.”

Results come from a report documented by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.  27,000+ parents /guardians were questioned.  These parents/guardians are responsible for 90,000+ children with physical/mental challenges cross country.

The report also documented that along with the obesity, 14 to 19% of children have a physical, mental, behavioral, or emotional challenge.  It covered all parts of a child’s lifestyle.   National and statewide statistics were used for the report.

Weight-loss battle: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/12/07/obesity-special-needs/14599/

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