About this Research Topic
Limited research has been done to explore how the presence of a developmental disability interacts with other social determinants of health in relation to health-related behaviors.
In this collection we will build an evidence base of well-designed studies with valid measures can elucidate preventive factors and intervention targets to facilitate the maintenance of healthy weight and physical and mental well-being in this vulnerable group of children and youth.
This Research Topic focuses on weight-related health behaviors and outcomes in children and adolescents with IDD. We welcome clinical and epidemiologic investigations to identify key factors for the development and maintenance of healthy weight-related behaviors in youth with IDD, as well as interventional studies that target individual behaviors, family systems, and social determinants of health.
We are interested in contributions from multi-disciplinary researchers using a range of study designs and approaches: qualitative, mixed-methods, and intervention research. Subtopics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Healthy weight and weight-related behaviors in diverse populations of children with IDD including minority (BIPOC) and other underserved pediatric populations with IDD
• Interventions targeted for children with IDD from diverse populations in clinical, family, and community settings
• Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) and other eating disorders in children/youth with IDD, including historically underserved populations
• Adaptation and implementation of culturally competent programs and interventions targeting weight-related health behaviors
The Topic Editors [A.M, A.B, L.B, C.C, S.B] declare that they are affiliated with the Healthy Weight Research Network. This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under UT4MC41898 the Healthy Weight Research Network. The information, content and/or conclusions are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
Keywords: developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, eating patterns, food insecurity, physical activity, eating disorders, sedentary behavior, screen time, sleep
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