TITLE

Impact of obesity on health related quality of life among children and adolescents in Slovenia

AUTHOR(S)
Sikic Pogacar, Maja; Turk, Eva; Dolinsek, Jernej; Marcun Varda, Natasa; Micetic-Turk, Dusanka
PUB. DATE
October 2013
SOURCE
HealthMed;2013, Vol. 7 Issue 10, p2765
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: The prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents in Slovenia has increased substantially over the last decade as a consequence of unhealthy contemporary lifestyle. The aim of our study was to examine the relationship between health related quality of life (HRQOL) and body weight in a group of obese children/adolescents compared with normal weight controls. Methods: The study included 69 obese children/adolescents between 3 and 18 years, as well as 64 children/adolescents with normal weight. The questionnaire was developed to assess the main aspects of HRQOL: general health, physical activity, social status, psychological and specific aspects (including eating habits). Logistic regression analysis was performed to estimate the risks associated with child obesity. Results: Results showed that parental educational level is an important risk factor for the development of obesity in children/adolescents. Children and adolescents who were obese had significantly less physical strength and were less physically active. Obese children and adolescents were breastfed for a shorter period of time and solid foods were introduced earlier than in the group of children with normal weight. Conclusion: Obese children/adolescents had lower scores on a number of HRQOL domains. However, they don't feel excluded from society and are predominantly satisfied with their HRQOL. They did not feel depressed, nor sad.
ACCESSION #
91749320

 

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