Successful Weight Loss Techniques with Mentally Retarded Children and Youth
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Council for Exceptional Children
This article describes obesity and its treatment in mentally retarded children and youth. The major cause of obesity and commonly associated syndromes in the retarded are discussed. Traditional treatment approaches, such as psychotherapy, caloric restriction, increased activity, and anorexiant drugs are discussed. Contemporary behavioral approaches to the obese retarded population are reviewed. Implications for practitioners beginning a weight control program are delineated.