All children have a right to good health,

including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD).

Obesity is strongly associated with increased risk for chronic disease in the general population. Evidence exists that people with ASD/DD are at similar, if not increased, risk of obesity and its health outcomes. The HWRN strives to combine the knowledge and talents of an interdisciplinary group of researchers to understand and address the biopsychosocial dimensions of obesity in ASD/DD, to promote the development of evidence-based solutions to achieve a healthy weight in this population, and to disseminate research findings to broad and diverse audiences.

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The Healthy Weight Research Network is pleased to announce that they have been funded for the next 5 years.

The Fall 2016 application for pilot fund funding is now available!

Click here for more information about the pilot funding process

Tanja Kral, PhD

Tanja Kral is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and HWRN Secondary Data Analysis Core member.

Read on about Tanja Kral

Join our efforts to support children with ASD/DD to achieve good health, including healthy weight.

The network is actively encouraging researches, students, family members, and self-advocates to get involved in our efforts.

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