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ISSN: 2165-7904

Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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Obesity in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

International Conference on Weight Loss and Fitness Expo

Brandy E Strahan1 and Jennifer Elder2

1University of West Florida, USA 2Universityof Florida, USA

ScientificTracks Abstracts-Workshop: J Obes Weight Loss Ther

DOI: 10.4172/2165-7904.S1.017

Adolescents with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be particularly vulnerable to obesity due to the behavioral, physical, and psychosocialcomplications related to their condition.This presentation provides a general background related to obesity in adolescence with specific emphasis on obesity in the ASD population. A search of PubMed, CINAHL, and ProQuest databases revealed several studies which demonstrated that interventions involving physical activity with typically developing, obese adolescents can have positive effects on body mass index, weight, and body composition. However, these findings also suggest that more research is needed to helptailor these interventions to meet the needs of similar adolescents with ASD. To clarify these needs, we present a case study that illustrates the special challenges of treating anobese adolescent with ASD and then offer suggestions for future research.

Brandy E Strahan is working on completing her PhD at the University of Florida, College of Nursing and completed her MSN at Florida State University in Nursing Education. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of West Florida, Department of Nursing, teaching pediatric nursing as well as community and public health nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and has served as treasurer.

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