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Objective measurement required to disentangle health effects of sedentary behaviour versus physical activity on adults with intellectual disability
  1. Liselotte Schäfer Elinder1,
  2. Ewa Flygare Wallén2
  1. 1Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Professor Liselotte Schäfer Elinder, Global Public Health, Karolinska Institute, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden; liselotte.schafer-elinder{at}ki.se

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Commentary on: Lynch L, McCarron M, Eustace-Cook J, Burke É, McCallion P. Physical health effects of sedentary behaviour on adults with an intellectual disability: A scoping review. J Intellect Disabil. 2022 Jun 12:17446295221107281. doi: 10.1177/17446295221107281. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Adults with intellectual disability (ID) have lower levels of physical activity and higher levels of sedentary behaviour than the general population, which is associated with a higher disease burden.

  • Future studies should measure sedentary behaviour and physical activity objectively and use international standards.

  • More intervention studies are needed to increase physical activity in adults with ID.

Context

As a group, adults with intellectual disability (ID) experience high multimorbidity levels and excess premature mortality.1 A scoping review by Lynch et al2 summarised 18 cross-sectional studies on the effects of sedentary behaviour and physical …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.