Quality of Life Research

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 407–412

Physical activity, quality of life, and weight status in overweight children

  • Jo Ann Shoup
  • Michelle Gattshall
  • Padma Dandamudi
  • Paul Estabrooks
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11136-008-9312-y

Cite this article as:
Shoup, J.A., Gattshall, M., Dandamudi, P. et al. Qual Life Res (2008) 17: 407. doi:10.1007/s11136-008-9312-y

Abstract

Purpose

This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the relationship between health quality of life, physical activity, and overweight status in children aged 8–12 years old.

Study participants

Participants (n = 177 overweight boys and girls) completed a validated quality of life (QOL) inventory and wore an accelerometer to objectively measure physical activity for 1 week.

Methods

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s standardized growth charts were used to categorize participants as overweight (MBMI% = 95.6) or obese status (MBMI% = 99.0) while accelerometer data was used to categorize participants as meeting or not meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity.

Results

Psychosocial, physical, and total QOL (all P < 0.05) were significantly lower for obese when compared to overweight participants. Less physically active children, irrespective of weight status, had significantly lower psychosocial and total QOL (all P < 0.05).

Conclusion

Physical activity promotion in overweight and obese children may have additional benefits to weight management that include improving QOL.

Keywords

Child obesity Quality of life Exercise 

Abbreviations

QOL

Quality of life

KPCO

Kaiser Permanente Colorado

BMI

Body mass index

PEDS QL

The pediatric quality of life inventory 4.0

MET

Metabolic equivalent

ANOVA

Analyses of variance

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jo Ann Shoup
    • 1
  • Michelle Gattshall
    • 1
  • Padma Dandamudi
    • 1
  • Paul Estabrooks
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Health ResearchKaiser Permanente ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, & ExerciseVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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