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Patterns of weight disorders in institutionalized mentally retarded adults



Patterns of weight disorders in institutionalized mentally retarded adults



Nutrition reports international 21(4): 469-477



Physical measurements of 149 mentally retarded adults, institutionalized for at least 1 year, were analyzed to determine the weight duration patterns and possible relationship to severity of retardation. It was found that 14% were underweight and 33% were overweight compared to ideal standards; the severely-profoundly retarded males showed a higher rate of underweight and lower incidence of overweight than other subjects. Possible explanations could include the relationship between mental retardation and physical ailments, activity levels, food intake problems, or differences in body fluids.

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