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Physical activity levels among adolescent and young adults women and men with and without intellectual disability
Department Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Department Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Department of Research and Evaluation, Swedish National Agency for Education, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7998-9744
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2016 (English)In: JARID: Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, ISSN 1360-2322, E-ISSN 1468-3148, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 93-98Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

As physical activity can prevent overweight and promote general health, the aim was to investigate the amount of physical activity among adolescent and young adult women and men with intellectual disability (ID), compared to age-matched control groups without intellectual disability. A further aim was to examine whether physical activity level was associated with the body mass index (BMI).

Materials and methods

Fifty-two adolescent and young adult women and men with intellectual disability and 48 without intellectual disability, between the ages 16 and 20 years, BMIs ranging from 16.3 to 50.3 kg/m2, were measured for number of steps taken with a pedometer for five consecutive days (Sunday–Thursday).

Results

The only group to meet recommendations regarding number of steps (10 000–12 000/day) was women without intellectual disability. No significant associations were found between total number of steps taken and BMI.

Conclusion

As the majority of adolescents and young adults with intellectual disability, especially women, did not reach recommended activity levels regardless of their BMIs, this call for broad measures to increase physical activity.

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2016. Vol. 29, no 1, p. 93-98
Keywords [en]
mental retardation, motor activity, teenagers, youths
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Physiotherapy Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21004DOI: 10.1111/jar.12170PubMedID: 25940840Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84958860194OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21004DiVA, id: diva2:893259
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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