Weight-loss strategies needed for people with neurological disabilities

12 March 2015

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic have stated that more needs to be done to address obesity in people who are diagnosed with neurological disabilities. 

According to the authors, interventions are tailored towards muscular disorders, which leaves a gap in approaches that could enable people with neurological disabilities to become more active, eat healthier and lose weight.

The team looked at more than 900 papers published between 1980 and 2013 covering clinical trials investigating obesity. This body of data was then narrowed to 41 studies, with 27 specific behaviour-changing techniques targeting weight-loss for people with disabilities.

Various approaches were conducted for self-monitoring, overcoming problems, enhancing communication, managing time and planning specific actions across the pool of trials.

Reported in World Obesity, the study's findings suggest that more should be done to help people with disabling conditions to address the overall obesity epidemic, according to lead author Dr Matthew Plow.

Dr Plow, who is an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, said this is especially important as being overweight puts people at risk of other health conditions, such as diabetes and heart problems

Posted by Edward Bartel

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