Factors in Weight Management: A Research Story

  • Richard R. Saunders
  • Muriel D. SaundersEmail author
  • Joseph E. Donnelly
  • Lauren T. Ptomey
Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)


Investigative teams from the fields of behavior analysis and physical activity/nutrition collaborated on a 10-year program of discovery and research to identify effective approaches to weight loss and maintenance by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Three phases are reported: (a) initial observations of dietary intake in a small sample of group-home residents, (b) a single-arm evaluation of a packaged-meal diet, and (c) a controlled clinical trial comparing the packaged meals with a conventional reduced-energy diet with an extended weight-maintenance phase. Conclusions regarding practical applications and recommendations for future research are provided.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard R. Saunders
    • 1
  • Muriel D. Saunders
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joseph E. Donnelly
    • 2
  • Lauren T. Ptomey
    • 2
  1. 1.Schiefelbush Institute for Life Span StudiesUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Center for Physical Activity and Weight ManagementUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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