Overweight and obesity among youth entering residential care: Prevalence and correlates

Timothy D. Nelson, Kimberly A. Haugen, Jennifer L. Resetar Volz, Elizabeth J. Zhe, Michael I. Axelrod, Stephanie Spear Filigno, Amy L. Stevens, Alyssa Lundahl

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Little is known about the prevalence of clinical weight problems for youth living in residential care. Therefore, this study examined the prevalence and correlates of overweight and obesity in a large sample of youth (N = 1709) entering a residential care program. Results indicated that 48% of youth were overweight or obese at the time of intake, which is much higher than national pediatric rates. Females had higher rates of overweight/obesity, as did youth referred from moderately restrictive placements such as foster care. Youth who were overweight/obese had greater internalizing symptoms at intake. Clinical and research implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-112
Number of pages14
JournalResidential Treatment for Children and Youth
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015


  • medications
  • mental health
  • obesity
  • overweight
  • residential
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Law


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