Fort Lauderdale, FL
A 17-year-old female asked:

I have cp it's makes it hard to walk do i burn more or the same amount of calories after walking the same amount as a avrge person?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
More: A person who does not walk smoothly (has gait problems) will not be walking as efficiently as somebody with a normal, smooth gait. That means a person with CP uses up more energy during walking, compared to someone with normal gait, but the amount of energy difference is too hard to calculate.
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Dr. Mark Shih
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine 33 years experience
More calories: Due to your cerebral palsy, you will actually burn more calories per distance travelled due to the increased work of your walking pattern as well as having to work against your spasticity ( muscle tightness). The more severe your cerebral palsy is the more calories you will burn.
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Last updated Jan 1, 2017
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