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Obesity in Children with Developmental and/or Physical Disabilities

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July 14-15, 2010


Obesity Research Strategic Core (ORSC), Office of the Director, NICHD; Endocrinology, Nutrition, and Growth Branch, Center for Research for Mothers and Children (CRMC), NICHD; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, NICHD


Bethesda North Marriott Hotel. Bethesda, Maryland


The rise of childhood obesity over the past several decades presents one of the most significant public health challenges of our time. Increases in body mass index into the overweight or obese classification increases the risk for a variety of problems, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and social stigma. Children with developmental or physical disabilities are also impacted by this health crisis, and some may be at even greater risk than their non-disabled peers for becoming obese and suffering from obesity-related secondary conditions. This highlights a significant health disparity in this population. Currently, there is a paucity of research on the prevalence, causes, consequences, and potential treatments of obesity in youth with developmental or physical disabilities.

This two-day scientific meeting will be held to discuss research gaps in the area of obesity in children and adolescents with physical or intellectual disabilities. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together experts in the area of childhood obesity, developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities to discuss the current needs of the field.

The goals of this meeting are to:

  • Identify gaps in the research addressing issues that are unique to populations with obesity and physical or developmental disabilities.
  • Identify barriers to healthy weight status in disabled populations and propose solutions through research and practice.
  • Bring together experts in the field of obesity and disabilities in order to foster communication and strategize on collaborations to address this problem.
  • Disseminate information and future directions from the conference through a publication.

For More Information


Dr. Layla Esposito, ORSC, CRMC, NICHD
Tel: (301) 435-6888

Last Reviewed: 11/30/2012
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