Obesity and Its Impact Upon Quality of Life

  • John Roger AndersenEmail author
  • Tor-Ivar Karlsen
  • Ronette L. Kolotkin
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


Obesity may have a negative effect on quality of life (QOL) and is an important outcome in the treatment of obesity. In this chapter we discuss the concept of QOL; the measurement of QOL; the mechanisms by which obesity may influence the physical, social, mental, and sexual aspects of QOL; and the effects of weight loss interventions on QOL. Finally, we discuss how health professionals may use QOL measures to improve the quality of clinical practice.


Quality of life Health-related quality of life Health status Patient-reported outcomes Physical functioning Mental functioning Social functioning Sexual functioning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Roger Andersen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tor-Ivar Karlsen
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ronette L. Kolotkin
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Faculty of Health StudiesSogn og Fjordane University CollegeFørdeNorway
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryFørde Central HospitalFørdeNorway
  3. 3.Morbid Obesity CentreVestfold Hospital TrustTønsbergNorway
  4. 4.Department of Health and Nursing SciencesUniversity of AgderGrimstadNorway
  5. 5.Quality of Life ConsultingDurhamUSA
  6. 6.Department of Community and Family MedicineDuke University School of MedicineDurhamUSA

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