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Understanding the Impact and Management of Body Weight in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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posted on 10.11.2021, 05:57 by NATASSJA KIM BILLICH
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe condition that affects males from early childhood. DMD causes muscle wasting, loss of mobility, breathing and sleep problems and excessive weight gain. Boys with DMD also take medication which causes fractures. This thesis shows that up to half of boys with DMD are above a healthy weight which leads to fractures and sleep problems at an even younger age. To address this, a program to manage weight gain was designed collaboratively with families. Families who participated in the program said it was beneficial and feasible, and the boys with DMD achieved weight stabilisation.


Principal supervisor

Zoe Elise Davidson

Additional supervisor 1

Helen Truby

Additional supervisor 2

Maureen Evans

Additional supervisor 3

Paula Bray

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Nutrition and Dietetics

Additional Institution or Organisation

The Royal Children's Hospital

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences