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Appropriate Classification of Obesity in Mentally Retarded Adults
American Journal of Mental Deficiency
  • Robert A. Fox, Marquette University
  • Robert Fox, Marquette University
  • Jennifer E. Burkhart, Ohio State University - Main Campus
  • Anthony F. Rotatori, Northern Illinois University
Document Type
Article
Language
eng
Format of Original
3 p.
Publication Date
7-1-1983
Publisher
American Association on Mental Deficiency (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)
Original Item ID
Shelves: RC326 .A415 Mem Periodicals
Disciplines
Abstract

Triceps skinfold thickness and body weight measures were obtained for 44 female and 40 male mentally retarded adults participating in a sheltered workshop setting. Subiects' relative weights and skinfold thicknesses were found to correlate reasonably well for females and males, rs = .88 and .59, respectively. Use of only height and weight tables for determining the presence of obesity, however, resulted in 22.5 percent of the males and 13 .7 percent of the females being misclassified as nonobese. The distinction between overweight and obesity was discussed. Clinical/research implications of the findings were delineated.

Comments

Published version. American Journal of Mental Deficiency (American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), Vol. 88, No. 1 (July 1983): 112-114. Publisher Link. © American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 1983. Used with permission.

Citation Information
Robert A. Fox, Robert Fox, Jennifer E. Burkhart and Anthony F. Rotatori. "Appropriate Classification of Obesity in Mentally Retarded Adults" American Journal of Mental Deficiency (1983) ISSN: 0002-9351
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_fox/82/