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Utility-based quality of life of overweight and obese adolescents

Keating, Catherine L., Moodie, Marjory L., Richardson, Jess and Swinburn, Boyd A. 2011, Utility-based quality of life of overweight and obese adolescents, Value in health, vol. 14, no. 5, July-August, pp. 752-758, doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2011.02.1181.

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Title Utility-based quality of life of overweight and obese adolescents
Author(s) Keating, Catherine L.
Moodie, Marjory L.
Richardson, Jess
Swinburn, Boyd A.
Journal name Value in health
Volume number 14
Issue number 5
Season July-August
Start page 752
End page 758
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Malden, Mass.
Publication date 2011-07
ISSN 1098-3015
1524-4733
Keyword(s) adolescents
obese
overweight
utility
Summary Objective : To explore the relationship between overweight/obesity and utility in adolescents.

Methods : Data were collected from 2890 adolescents attending 13 secondary schools in the state of Victoria, Australia. The Assessment of Quality of Life 6-Dimension (AQoL-6D) questionnaire was used to measure individual utility. Adolescent's height and weight were measured and weight status categories assigned according to the World Health Organization adolescent growth standards. Multivariate linear regression analyses were undertaken for the whole population and subpopulations of boys and girls to estimate the mean differences in utility scores between 1) overweight and healthy weight and 2) obese and healthy weight adolescents, while controlling for demographic and socioeconomic status variables.

Results : The mean age of adolescents was 14.6 years, 56.2% were boys, 22.2% were overweight, and 9.4% were obese. The mean utility of healthy weight adolescents was 0.860. After adjustments, the overweight and obese groups reported significantly lower mean utility scores (differences: −0.018 and −0.059, respectively, relative to the healthy weight group). This can be interpreted as equivalent to a stated willingness to sacrifice 1.8% and 5.9% of a life in perfect health or 2.3% and 6.8% of a life at healthy weight. A significant utility difference associated with overweight was only experienced by girls (−0.039, P = 0.003). Both sexes experienced significant utility differences associated with obesity, but the magnitude was double for girls (−0.084, P < 0.001) relative to boys (−0.041, P = 0.022).

Conclusion : Utility is lower among overweight and more so among obese adolescents.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jval.2011.02.1181
Field of Research 140208 Health Economics
Socio Economic Objective 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036936

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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