Obesity is a growing problem for all children in the United States, the CDC reports that one in six children and adolescents are obese. Obese and overweight children are at higher risk of having chronic health conditions such as asthma, joint problems, heart disease risk factors, and type 2 diabetes, and for being obese as adults. Children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are more likely to be obese than non-disabled children. They are less physically active than their peers and have lower levels of physical fitness. Some children with IDD have restricted eating habits, which contribute to poor nutrition and obesity. To further compound these issues, there are racial and ethnic disparities with respect to children and obesity. For example, Latino children and adolescents experience higher rates of obesity than their white peers, and these disparities are likely to be heightened among children with IDD. However, there is very limited research on the health and obesity among Latino children and adolescents with IDD. This is surprising given the large representation of Latinos in the US population, and the documented rates of obesity among Latino children.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who may participate in the study?
Mothers or female guardians who have a child with a developmental disability(autism, Down syndrome, or intellectual disability) who is able to walk and between the ages of 6-17. The child will also be a participant.
What will you ask me to do?
You will be asked to complete three telephone interviews. At these interviews you will answer questions about you and your child’s health Between the second and third interview you and your children will wear a small item on your waistband that tells us how much you move during the week. You will be asked to wear the activity monitor for 7 days, 12 hours a day. The interviews will take 2 hours each for a total of 6 hours. You will receive $25 for your time after each visit for a total of $75
What kind of questions will we ask?
We will ask questions about you and your child’s health, eating habits, physical activity levels, your family support and what it is like at your home.
What are the benefits and risks of participating in this study?
There is a risk that you might experience the inconvenience of arranging appointments or may feel emotional sharing your personal experiences. You may have a small amount of discomfort wearing the accelerometer (this is a small item that goes on your waistband and helps us know how much you and your child move).
Although you will not directly benefit from being in this study, others might benefit because this study will help us know how to better support the healthy habits of families like yours.
How will the results of this study be used?
We will analyze the data collected about eating, physical activity, and health behaviors, so that we can create better ways to support the health of Latino families like yours. We will share this information through reports with researchers, policy makers, organizations, and families.
Are You Interested in Participating in the PODER Study?
Do you have a child with autism, down syndrome, or intellectual disability who can walk and is between 6 and 17 years old? If yes, share your information online here: https://is.gd/PODER2study