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Obesity in an institutionalised adult mentally retarded population.
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PMID:  1271458     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The frequency of obesity, as defined by standards based on triceps skinfold, and selected body measurements are reported in an institutionalised adult mentally retarded population. Among 161 adults, aged eighteen to seventy-three years, twenty-two out of 108 males (20.4 per cent) and nine out of fifty-three females (17.0 per cent) were obese. These findings suggest that obesity is a significant health-related problem in institutionalised retarded adults. Although differences were not statistically significant, the frequency of obesity was higher in moderately retarded than in mildly or severely retarded residents. Further surveys are needed of larger samples, along with studies of possible contributory factors (e.g., dietary habits and level of physical activity).
A P Polednak; J Auliffe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of mental deficiency research     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0022-264X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ment Defic Res     Publication Date:  1976 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-08-02     Completed Date:  1976-08-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375401     Medline TA:  J Ment Defic Res     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Arm / anatomy & histology
Body Height
Body Weight
Hospitals, Psychiatric*
Medical Records
Mental Retardation / complications*
Middle Aged
Obesity / complications,  epidemiology*
Sex Factors
Skinfold Thickness

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