(HealthDay)—Eating well and exercising regularly can be a challenge for anyone. But for those with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities, that challenge is exponentially greater.
Yet, a small, new pilot study suggests that a diet and exercise program tailored to such individuals—and offered in a group environment with family support—can halt weight gain or even trigger notable weight loss.
The program paired U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommendations with “goal-setting to make progress towards eating more healthy foods and engaging in physical activity,” explained study lead author Laura Nabors.
“We also encouraged helping with preparing meals with family, and shared information about health with the family to promote family health,” Nabors added. She’s a professor with the University of Cincinnati (UC) School of