The use of technology for delivering a weight loss program for adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities

L T Ptomey, J R Goetz, Jae Hoon Lee, C A Gibson, D K Sullivan, J E Donnelly

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are at an increased risk of obesity, with up to 55% considered overweight and 31% obese. However, there has been minimal research on weight management strategies for adolescents with IDD. The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of two weight loss diets, an enhanced Stop Light Diet (eSLD) and a conventional diet (CD), and to determine the feasibility of using tablet computers as a weight loss tool in overweight and obese adolescents with IDD. A 2-month pilot intervention was conducted. All participants were randomized to the eSLD or CD and were given a tablet computer that they used to track daily dietary intake and physical activity. Participants and parents met weekly with a registered dietitian nutritionist via video chat on the tablet computer to receive diet and physical activity feedback and education. Twenty participants (45% female, aged 14.9±2.2 years) were randomized and completed the interv
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112–118.
JournalJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
StatePublished - 2015

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The use of technology for delivering a weight loss program for adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this