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Down Syndrome and Obesity
A discussion on the correlation between Down syndrome and obesity.
# 110523 | 2,257 words | 11 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper discusses the condition of obesity in people with Down Syndrome. The author reviews existing literature which shows a positive correlation between Down syndrome and obesity as a coexisting condition, but concludes that there have been too few studies to identify the causes that result in the onset of obesity among such intellectually disabled patients. The paper suggests that the advancements in genomic science and stem cell therapy would aid in curing this genetic disorder, but til then, weight management interventions should constitute an important aspect in the management of Down syndrome.

Literature review
Role of Leptin (the breakthrough)
Metabolic studies
Obesity Screening And Health promotion Impact

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Melville C., 2005. 'Obesity in adults with Down syndrome: a case control study'. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 49(2), 125-133.
  • Fernhall B. et al., 2005. 'Resting metabolic Rate is Not Reduced in Obese Adults With Down syndrome'. Mental Retardation, 43 (6), 391-400.
  • Sheela N. Magge, Kristen L. O'Neill, Justine Shults, Virginia A. Stallings, Nicolas Stettler , 2007, 'Leptin Levels among Prepubertal Children with Down Syndrome Compared with Their Siblings', The Journal of Pediatrics DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2007.08.008 Available online 25 October 2007
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