HealthDay: Obesity a threat to adults with autism

A UC pilot study looked at how young adults with disabilities can manage health

Research led by UC’s School of Human Services found that a tailored diet and exercise program showed promise for young adults with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities.

The program paired U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommendations with "goal-setting to make progress towards eating more healthy foods and engaging in physical activity," explained study lead author, Laura Nabors, PhD.

Nabors cited medications and unique food preferences — often for high-calorie foods — as two main culprits that can drive weight gain in these groups.

The small group study found that participants could manage their weight and BMI (even in situations such as lockdowns) with guidance and motivational instruction.

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