Weight Management Outcomes of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder Seeking Treatment from a Multidisciplinary Team.
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-021-04982-1; PMCID: PMC8011772
Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are at an increased risk for developing obesity when compared to their typically developing peers. Given higher prevalence of obesity in youth with ASD, understanding factors relating to success in obesity treatment provides insight into implementing efficacious treatments for youth. The current study examines age, sleep, and metabolic factors potentially affecting success in 74 youth (Mage = 11.66) attending a multidisciplinary weight management treatment program over a year. Multilevel modeling indicated that higher baseline BMI class category, medications at baseline, and absence of sleep difficulties predicted greater reduction in BMI after a year of treatment.
Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Adolescent; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Child; Humans; Obesity; Patient Care Team; Prevalence; Sleep
Autism; Obesity treatment; Pediatric weight management; Weight management outcomes
Killian HJ, Pallotto IK, Sweeney BR, Dreyer Gillette ML. Weight Management Outcomes of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder Seeking Treatment from a Multidisciplinary Team. J Autism Dev Disord. 2022;52(2):791-799. doi:10.1007/s10803-021-04982-1