Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) - Healthy Weight


Father going down slide with disabled son who has cerebral palsyThere are many reasons why people with disabilities may face particular challenges in achieving or maintaining a healthy weight. These may include:

  • Limited access to healthy food choices
  • Dependence on family members or carers to provide meals
  • A medical condition that affects your metabolism
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing food
  • Medications that can affect your weight and/or appetite
  • Eating habits that may be affected by depression, anxiety, boredom or frustration
  • Physical limitations on your ability to move freely and/or enjoy physical activity (such as reduced muscle tone)
  • Pain that restricts your movements
  • A lack of energy
  • Environmental barriers to exercise (such as stairs)
  • A lack of physical resources (such as accessible transport or modified equipment)
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • A lack of people to help to get you around
  • A lack of information about what you need to do to be a healthy weight.

Standard measurements of body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference may also not work for you.

While you may need some specific assistance and advice about achieving or maintaining a healthy weight for people, you may find information on this website that is still useful. You are likely to benefit from getting the facts, setting some realistic goals and starting to plan for change.

The main aim is still to eat well and be as physically active as you can. Everyone’s circumstances are different, but it’s important to talk with your health professional who can help tailor a food and activity plan to best suit your needs.

Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Disability and Health, Disability and Obesity

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