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Why do people with Down syndrome tend to be overweight?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Overfeeding

Our culture often places emphasis on food as rewards or as a sign of love.
Sadly, the down syndrome kid is vulnerable to a lifetime of joint problems, scoliosis& other issues aggravated by being over weight. It is critical in these kids to limit their diet to healthy foods & avoid the trap of feeling sorry for them ( thus giving them food for comfort).These kids can be nl wt if u let them.

In brief: Overfeeding

Our culture often places emphasis on food as rewards or as a sign of love.
Sadly, the down syndrome kid is vulnerable to a lifetime of joint problems, scoliosis& other issues aggravated by being over weight. It is critical in these kids to limit their diet to healthy foods & avoid the trap of feeling sorry for them ( thus giving them food for comfort).These kids can be nl wt if u let them.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Several reasons

They tend to be of short stature.
As a result, their caloric requirement is relatively low so it's easy to eat more than is necessary to maintain stable weight. There may be other genetic predispositions to obesity as well that are poorly understood.

In brief: Several reasons

They tend to be of short stature.
As a result, their caloric requirement is relatively low so it's easy to eat more than is necessary to maintain stable weight. There may be other genetic predispositions to obesity as well that are poorly understood.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
Thank
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