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dc.contributor.author Doody, Catriona M.
dc.contributor.author Doody, Owen
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-23T10:41:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-23T10:41:57Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Doody,Catriona M 2012 "Health promotion for people with intellectural disability and obesity",British Journal of Nursing, 21(8),pp460-5 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2201
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Obesity is a significant health problem for people with intellectual disability, as they report a 59% higher rate of obesity as compared with those in the general population (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006). Causes are multifactorial and obesity leads to a higher risk of developing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. While the risks of these conditions generally increase with age, people with an intellectual disability are at risk of developing them earlier owing to their higher levels of obesity. Client groups with mild intellectual disability residing in a group home or family home are at a higher risk of obesity than those in institutional care, mainly owing to increased independence and available choices. Healthcare services have predominantly focused on the primary disability rather than on prevention or reduction of secondary health conditions. As health promotion enables people to gain control over their lives, it is essential to address the health concern of obesity for people with intellectual disability. This article highlights the issues in health care faced by people with an intellectual disability and aspects that health professionals need to consider when engaging in health promotion for those who are obese. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Mark Allen Healthcare en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries British Journal of Nursing 21(8), pp. 460-465
dc.subject obesity en_US
dc.subject health promotion en_US
dc.subject management evaluation en_US
dc.subject intellectual disability en_US
dc.title Health promotion for people with intellectual disability and obesity en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1394744
dc.internal.authorcontactother owen.doody@ul.ie

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