Physical activity levels among adolescent and young adults women and men with and without intellectual disability
2016 (English)In: JARID: Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, ISSN 1360-2322, E-ISSN 1468-3148, Vol. 29, no 1, 93-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background As physical activity can prevent overweightand promote general health, the aim was to investigatethe amount of physical activity among adolescent andyoung adult women and men with intellectual disability(ID), compared to age-matched control groups withoutintellectual disability. A further aim was to examinewhether physical activity level was associated with thebody mass index (BMI).Materials and methods Fifty-two adolescent and youngadult women and men with intellectual disability and 48without intellectual disability, between the ages 16 and20 years, BMIs ranging from 16.3 to 50.3 kg/m2, weremeasured for number of steps taken with a pedometer forfive consecutive days (Sunday–Thursday).Results The only group to meet recommendationsregarding number of steps (10 000–12 000/day) waswomen without intellectual disability. No significantassociations were found between total number of stepstaken and BMI.Conclusion As the majority of adolescents and youngadults with intellectual disability, especially women, didnot reach recommended activity levels regardless oftheir BMIs, this call for broad measures to increasephysical activity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 29, no 1, 93-98 p.
mental retardation, motor activity, teenagers, youths
Sport and Fitness Sciences Physiotherapy Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21004DOI: 10.1111/jar.12170PubMedID: 25940840ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84958860194OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21004DiVA: diva2:893259