Author(s): Rubin SS, Rimmer JH, Chicoine B, Braddock D, McGuire DE
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Abstract Prevalence of overweight among the general population has been reported to be 33\% for males and 36\% for females. We undertook this study to establish overweight prevalence data in a cohort with Down syndrome and to stratify the incidence of overweight by living arrangement. We measured Body Mass Index (BMI) in 283 persons with Down syndrome and found a higher prevalence of overweight in this group compared to the general population. Individuals with Down syndrome living in a family setting had a higher incidence of overweight than did those living in a group home setting. Overweight prevalence among persons with Down syndrome should be considered a major public health concern that warrants further attention from researchers, practitioners, family members, and individuals with Down syndrome.
This article was published in Ment Retard
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports