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Study concludes that obese kids will have Poor
Quality of Life
by Dr. Jacob Mathew,
Many of us worry about health and fitness after we are all grown up.
Staying healthy, however, should be a lifelong concern. The good habits
are picked when we are young. So, share some of these ideas with your
We all should pay attention to our kids' lifestyle and help them lead
a healthy lifestyle.
The following news item could be of interest in this regard.
Poor Quality of Life in Obese Kids
(Ivanhoe Newswire, January 5, 2005) -- The more overweight children
are, the poorer quality of
life they will have, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch
Children’s Research Institute in
Australia studied nearly 2,000 children. They measured health-related
quality of life using a
short survey completed by a parent and child self-report to assess the
social and academic functioning of the children.
About 75 percent of the children studied were not overweight; about
20 percent were overweight;
and about 4 percent were obese.
Researchers found both the parent and child quality of life scores
decreased as the children’s
weight increased. The child and parent scores were similar and showed
decreases in physical and
social functioning for obese children.
Authors of the study write, “The decrease was small for overweight
children but more marked for
those who were obese. The new observations are less dramatic than the
much lower scores reported
for children attending tertiary clinics, but are consistent with those
observed for adults.”
Researchers say both parents should help children make appropriate
changes to improve their health and quality of life. “Our findings may
explain why so few parents of overweight children express concern about
their child’s weight, yet with a quarter of all children now
overweight or obese, even a minor reduction in health-related quality of
life at an individual level is still likely to have a major effect at a
population level,” they conclude.
SOURCE: The Journal of the American Medical Association,
Copyright © 2005 Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Inc.
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