Recent study shows that if you have a disability and you are confined to a wheelchair, the chances of you being obese or overweight are higher than those that have no disabilities. On the other hand, there are disabled people who are susceptible to unwanted loss of weight. For example, a disabled may find difficulty in eating and swallowing food. He may also lose muscle mass, which results to weight loss. Fortunately, help for the disabled in managing weight is available, since there are a number of management strategies that can help the disabled manage their weight successfully. An expert advice may be given by a dietician or doctor.
There are contributing factors, which has been found out to contribute to unwanted weight gain or weight loss on people with disability. These include the following:
There are many ways to calculate the weight that is ideal for a person, like the popular BMI or Body Mass Index. However, such methods may not be applicable to people who have disability. For instance, the weight of a disabled person may be lower than what is ideal for the general population but the smaller muscle mass in his arms and legs is not taken into account. In general, for a person that is obese, a good indicator would be the waist to hip ratio. If the measurement of the waist is more than that of the hip, the person may be overweight. The disparity need not be large and losing from five to 10 centimeters off the measurement of the waist can have a substantial effect in reducing heart disease, diabetes and other medical conditions. A dietician or doctor can give advice in the calculation of the ideal weight range of a person with disability. He can also offer strategies that are helpful in achieving weight goals.
A slow but steady weight loss is a healthy way of getting your ideal weight. A dietician can help you with this but some suggestions that you may do are the following:
Aside from these suggestions and regular exercise, people with disability should also make it a habit to read labels on packaged foods for their nutrition content.