Amaral, O.; Pereira, C.; Escoval, A.
August 2004
Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health;Aug2004 Supplement 1, Vol. 58, pA5
Academic Journal
This article describes a study examining the association between obesity and health related quality of life (HRQOL) in adolescents in Portugal. A cross sectional study was performed involving 2,144 students, aged 12 to 18 years, among seven Secondary school from Viseu, Portugal. Participants completed self administered questionnaire. Body mass index was calculated from self reported height and weight and classified into tree groups: normal weight, less than 24.9 kg; overweight, 25.0 to 29.9 kg; and obese, greater than or equal to 30.0 kg. HRQOL was assessed by SF36 assessing nine dimensions: physical functioning, social functioning, role limitations physical, bodily pain, general medical health, mental health, role limitations mental, vitality, and general health perceptions. Based on results, it was concluded that the presence of obesity is associated with impaired HRQOL only in female sex, with deterioration in physical but not emotional well being.


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