Obesity in Children With Down Syndrome: Evaluation of Measurements for Nutrition Assessment: Anthropometry, Body Composition, and Energy Expenditure

Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 02/13/2012

Hong L – Measurements used in nutrition assessment, anthropometric measurements, body composition, and energy expenditure for children with Down syndrome will be reviewed in this article.

  • Children with Down syndrome have a high risk of obesity or becoming obese.
  • Because of the negative impact affecting the child's health status, preventing and managing obesity should be an important goal to all primary care providers.
  • An accurate nutrition assessment should be a vital component in providing optimal health care to this population.

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