Physical activity, quality of life, and weight status in overweight children
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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.
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.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s standardized growth charts were used to categorize participants as overweight (M BMI% = 95.6) or obese status (M BMI% = 99.0) while accelerometer data was used to categorize participants as meeting or not meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity.
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).
Physical activity promotion in overweight and obese children may have additional benefits to weight management that include improving QOL.
KeywordsChild obesity Quality of life Exercise
Quality of life
Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Body mass index
- PEDS QL
The pediatric quality of life inventory 4.0
Analyses of variance
This work was supported by the Garfield Memorial Fund, Project no. 50–227, an internal funding mechanism through Kaiser Permanente Health Plans.
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