Children with disabilities are almost twice as likely as other children to be overweight, often due to reduced mobility, balance issues, certain medications, difficulty with chewing or swallowing and aversion to certain foods.
Additionally, the levels of participation in recreational or school sports, and physical activity programs are much lower than their non-disabled counterparts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children with disabilities are 38% more likely to be obese than their counterparts and are at an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, joint pain and hypertension.
Who We Are
The Fit and Healthy Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute is an interdisciplinary outpatient clinic designed to treat obesity in children with disabilities. The clinic focuses on nutrition and physical activity to foster a healthy lifestyle.
Who We Serve
The clinic treats children and adults ages 4 to 30 years old who have developmental disabilities and are at risk for developing obesity-related medical problems.
Our interdisciplinary team consists of specialists from a variety of disciplines, with expertise in:
- Behavioral psychology
- Pediatric endocrinology
- Physical therapy
Our Treatment Approach
The clinic works closely with individuals and their families to develop an individualized fitness and nutrition plan with realistic goals for dietary and lifestyle changes. In some cases, we may prescribe a medication that helps support a healthy lifestyle. The clinic works closely with parents and caregivers to provide additional support and commitment. For some families, this may include a weekly group class that occurs over an 8-12 week period.
Physicians and Healthcare Professionals
Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205