Investigation of Obesity, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors of Individuals with and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder during the Covid-19 Pandemic Process

Authors

  • Nevzat DEMİRCİ Faculty of Sports Science, Mersin University, Turkey
  • Diajeng Tyas Pinru Phytanza Department of Special Education, Faculty of Education, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53863/mor.v1i02.220

Keywords:

Autism Spectrum Disorder, COVID-19, Obesity, Obesity, Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviors

Abstract

Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be at higher risk compared to their typically developing peers. In this study, it was aimed to compare individuals with and without autism spectrum disorder affected by the Covid-19 pandemic process with their peers in terms of obesity, physical activity and sedentary behaviors. Methods: 64 individuals with ASD and 78 healthy individuals were included in the study. An online questionnaire consisting of sociodemographic data, BMI, physical activity and sedentary behavior habits was applied to the participants. Results: Adolescents with autism spectrum disorders were found to be less physically active and more likely to be overweight and obese compared to their typically developing peers (0.001***). BMI (kg/m2) increased compared to before Covid-19. Sedentary behavior increased during quarantine (0.001***). Participation in physical activity decreased in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. As a result: shows the need for targeted programs to reduce unhealthy weight status and support physical activity opportunities for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, COVID-19, Obesity, physical activity, Sedentary Behaviors

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Published

2021-12-06

How to Cite

DEMİRCİ, N., & Pinru Phytanza , D. T. (2021). Investigation of Obesity, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors of Individuals with and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder during the Covid-19 Pandemic Process. JUMORA: Jurnal Moderasi Olahraga, 1(02), 45-55. https://doi.org/10.53863/mor.v1i02.220