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Health-Related Quality of Life of Severely Obese Children and Adolescents

Creator:

Schwimmer, J.B., Burwinkle, T.M., Varni, J.W.

Subject Keywords: A research paper examining the quality of life of obese children and adolescents.
Set: Obesity
Type: Report
Region: International (other)
Description:

One in 7 US children and adolescents is obese, yet little is known about their health-related quality of life (QOL). This study was a cross-sectional study of 106 children and adolescents (57 males) between the ages of 5 and 18 years, who had been referred to an academic children's hospital for evaluation of obesity between January and June 2002. Children and adolescents had a mean (SD) body mass index (BMI) of 34.7 (9.3). The main outcome measures were child self-report and parent proxy report using a pediatric QOL inventory generic core scale (range, 0-100). The inventory was administered by an interviewer for children aged 5 through 7 years. Scores were compared with previously published scores for healthy children and adolescents and children and adolescents diagnosed as having cancer. Compared with healthy children and adolescents, obese children and adolescents reported significantly lower health-related QOL in all domains . Obese children and adolescents were more likely to have impaired health-related QOL than healthy children and adolescents and were similar to children and adolescents diagnosed as having cancer. Children and adolescents with obstructive sleep apnea reported a significantly lower health-related QOL total score than obese children and adolescents without obstructive sleep apnea. Overall it is clear that physicians, parents, and teachers need to be informed of the risk for impaired health-related QOL among obese children and adolescents to target interventions that could enhance health outcomes.

Date:

04/09/2003

Rights: © 2003 American Medical Association
Suggested citation:

Schwimmer, J.B., Burwinkle, T.M., Varni, J.W.. (2003) Health-Related Quality of Life of Severely Obese Children and Adolescents [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/3827 [Accessed: 23rd September 2017].

  

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