Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism

Recently,  I came across an article on how Weight and Autism are bad culprits for each other, as such I will quote it from below

“Some parents find that it is easier to introduce regular exercise into the lives of their autistic children because routines such as daily walks or bike rides tend to be self-sustaining once established,” Elliott said. But that may not be enough when some medications, such as atypical antipsychotics, increase weight and promote fat cell growth in the abdominal area.

“If the culprit is medication, how does one balance benefits with risk?” Elliott said.

Parents can also try to reduce the amount of time children with autism spend with media, such as TV, said Jack Dempsey, a pediatric psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital’s Autism Center in Houston.

“To reduce their child’s risk for obesity, parents should try to set limits regarding consumption of calorie-dense foods and the amount of screen time from an early age,” Dempsey said. He also recommended incorporating physical activity into children’s daily routine as a family.

“Parents should keep in mind that these strategies are challenging to implement in children with autism spectrum disorders and not be discouraged by setbacks,” Dempsey added.

I must stress that in no way that this is no small feat to accomplish as myself at 34 would rather sit in my 640 square foot apartment in front of the screen /computer all day watching TV, however being on two of three antipsychotic medications that have weight risks, I know I need to be moving and grooving and as such do so as much as possible.

Also important, Hill added, is that parents do not ignore a child’s weight even while they are working to address a child’s other challenges.

“We hope that our findings encourage health care providers to start thinking about and proactively addressing weight issues early, so that they don’t end up on the back burner,” Hill said.

For myself I have out this on the back burner from like 15 years old until now at 34 and I wish I was more proactive rather than reactive, but you can’t change what you’ve done, you can only rise from the ashes and rise above it.

In my own opinion, living on my own is one of the best things that happened to me. I navigate independently, exercise and cook independently, and still work a few days a week. Am I where I want to be, no, but I am getting there slowly but surely.

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