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Patterns and determinants of overweight in children and adolescents with intellectual disability

Grant number: 18/02795-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2018
Effective date (End): March 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Maternal and Child Health
Principal Investigator:Fábio Bertapelli
Grantee:Wilson Domingues Do Amaral Junior
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Médicas (FCM). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


Youth with intellectual disabilities (ID) have higher prevalence of overweight than the general population of youth without ID. In Brazil, there is no research about the prevalence of overweight and its risk factors, such as age, sex, and etiology ID in Brazilian youth with ID. The primary objective of this study is to examine the patterns of overweight in youth with ID in the State of São Paulo. The secondary objective is to examine the association between overweight, age, sex, and ID etiology in youth with ID. We will collect data on weight, height, and body circumferences in youth with ID (5-21 years old, n = 1000) on the Program "Projeto APAE Qualidade de Vida e Saúde" of the "Federação das APAES do Estado de São Paulo - FEAPAES/SP. Z scores, LMS, and multilevel regression models will be used to examine the patterns and determinants of overweight. This study is crucial to support clinical practice and epidemiological research to guide public policy in preventing growth disorders and reducing obesity in youth with ID. (AU)