It’s January and we all know what that means – New Year’s Resolutions!
Most of us will set some goals around losing weight and getting fitter in 2017. As important as this is for those of us in the general population it is even more critical for those in the disability community.
A recent report out of the University of Texas School of Public Health says it like this:
Increased weight may be more problematic for people living with impairments than for the non-disabled population. However, little attention has been devoted to this group despite evidence that people with disabilities are more likely to be obese than the general population.8–10 This is troubling considering that people with disabilities are at risk for the same weight-related chronic conditions experienced by the general population, while also being at increased risk for chronic medical conditions associated with disability.11–13
It is even more heartbreaking when our children are involved.
For example, at FATWHEELS, we have been getting increased calls from parents looking for training wheels for their child’s bike that will support a rider that exceeds the weight limit of our regular Small kit. Often these kids are more prone to obesity due to genetic factors from conditions like Down, Willi-Prader or Cushing Syndromes.
In response to this need we have just introduced a new product onto the market – the Small Heavy-Duty FATWHEELS kit – or Small (HD) for short. This new kit fits a 16-20″ bike and supports a rider up to 250 lbs.
With this new addition to our product line, we are now able to help even more families get out there and discover the FUN, FREEDOM & HEALTH benefits of adaptive cycling!