An investigation into the incidence of obesity and underweight among adults with an intellectual disability in an Australian sample

Moore, Kathleen A, McGillivray, Jane, Illingworth, Kaye and Brookhouse, Peter 2004, An investigation into the incidence of obesity and underweight among adults with an intellectual disability in an Australian sample, Journal of intellectual & developmental disability, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 306-318, doi: 10.1080/13668250400014483.

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Title An investigation into the incidence of obesity and underweight among adults with an intellectual disability in an Australian sample
Author(s) Moore, Kathleen A
McGillivray, JaneORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane orcid.org/0000-0003-2000-6488
Illingworth, Kaye
Brookhouse, Peter
Journal name Journal of intellectual & developmental disability
Volume number 29
Issue number 4
Start page 306
End page 318
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2004-12
ISSN 1366-8250
1469-9532
Summary Reports suggest that 7% to 18% of Australian adults are obese and a further 16% to 55% are overweight. Studies from other countries have indicated that obesity among people with an intellectual disability may be at least, or even more, prevalent. Prevalence rates range from 28% to 59%. The aim of the current study was to investigate the weight distribution of an Australian sample of people with an intellectual disability using Body Mass Index (BMI) to classify males and females, and Kelly and Rimmer's (1987) Percentage of Body Fat (PBF) formula to also classify males. Forty-one females and 52 males with a mild to severe intellectual disability were assessed. The correlation between BMI and PBF for males was r=.89. BMI classifications revealed a higher percentage of females as overweight (41.4%) and obese (36.6%) compared to overweight males (30.8%) and obese males (30.8%). There were more underweight males (7.6%) than females (4.9%). There was no relationship between living environment and weight classifications on the BMI. The PBF formula indicated that 73% of the males were classified as obese. The possibility of misclassification using the BMI and the need for weight interventions are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13668250400014483
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Carfax Publishing/Talyor and Francis
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