Health-related quality of life of overweight and obese children

Williams, Joanne, Wake, Melissa, Hesketh, Kylie, Maher, Elise and Waters, Elizabeth 2005, Health-related quality of life of overweight and obese children, JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 293, no. 1, pp. 70-76, doi: 10.1001/jama.293.1.70.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title Health-related quality of life of overweight and obese children
Author(s) Williams, JoanneORCID iD for Williams, Joanne
Wake, Melissa
Hesketh, KylieORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie
Maher, Elise
Waters, Elizabeth
Journal name JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association
Volume number 293
Issue number 1
Start page 70
End page 76
Publisher American Medical Association
Place of publication Chicago, Ill.
Publication date 2005-01-05
ISSN 0098-7484
Summary Context: The negative effects of childhood overweight and obesity on quality of life (QOL) have been shown in clinical samples but not yet in population-based community samples.

Objective: To determine relationships between weight and health-related QOL reported by parent-proxy and child self-report in a population sample of elementary school children.

Design, Setting, and Participants:
Cross-sectional data collected in 2000 within the Health of Young Victorians Study, a longitudinal cohort study commenced in 1997. Individuals were recruited via a random 2-stage sampling design from primary schools in Victoria, Australia. Of the 1943 children in the original cohort, 1569 (80.8%) were resurveyed 3 years later at a mean age of 10.4 years.

Main Outcome Measures: Health-related QOL using the PedsQL 4.0 survey completed by both parent-proxy and by child self-report. Summary scores for children'S total, physical, and psychosocial health and subscale scores for emotional, social, and school functioning were compared by weight category based on International Obesity Task Force cut points.

Results: Of 1456 participants, 1099 (75.5%) children were classified as not overweight; 294 (20.2%) overweight; and 63 (4.3%) obese. Parent-proxy and child self-reported PedsQL scores decreased with increasing child weight. The parent-proxy total PedsQL mean (SD) score for children who were not overweight was 83.1 (12.5); overweight, 80.0 (13.6); and obese, 75.0 (14.5); P < .001. The respective child self-reported total PedsQL mean (SD) scores were 80.5 (12.2), 79.3 (12.8), and 74.0 (14.2); P < .001. At the subscale level, child and parent-proxy reported scores were similar, showing decreases in physical and social functioning for obese children compared with children who were not overweight (all P < .001). Decreases in emotional and school functioning scores by weight category were not significant.

Conclusion: The effects of child overweight and obesity on health-related QOL in this community-based sample were significant but smaller than in a clinical sample using the same measure.
Language eng
DOI 10.1001/jama.293.1.70
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, American Medical Association.
Persistent URL

Connect to link resolver
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 362 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 387 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 750 Abstract Views, 0 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Thu, 31 Jul 2008, 10:40:06 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact