Date of Award

5-2019

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Redner, Ryan

Second Advisor

Rehfeldt, Ruth Anne

Third Advisor

Koch, Shane

Abstract

Obesity is a major cause of all preventable deaths in the United States. Many health problems can develop due to obesity. Some of the problems that can develop are cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, osteoporosis and bone fractures, and dental diseases. The mean percentage of adults aged 20 and over who are overweight, including obesity is 71.6%. The mean prevalence of obesity in the US is 39.8% of adults in all age groups. The current review aims to systematically analyze ABA interventions that include an experimental intervention targeting an increase in exercise, healthy eating practices, or educational interventions targeting exercise or healthy eating in order to evaluate the efficacy of currently existing interventions and predict or suggest possible interventions to be conducted in the future. Secondly, this review attempted to emphasize the relative lack of ABA interventions directed toward increasing exercise and healthy eating in individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. Methods of gathering, classifying, and organizing studies were discussed, as well as the criteria for inclusion or exclusion.

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