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Overweight, medical comorbidity and health-related quality of life in a community sample of women and men

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Mond, JM and Buane, BT, Overweight, medical comorbidity and health-related quality of life in a community sample of women and men, Obesity, 17, (8) pp. 1627-1634. ISSN 1930-7381 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 The Obesity Society

DOI: doi:10.1038/oby.2009.27

Abstract

Associations among gender, overweight and obesity, medical comorbidity, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) were examined in a general population sample of 4,181 women and men aged 18-65 years. Anthropometric measurements and medical comorbidity were assessed as part of a computer-assisted physician interview. HRQoL was assessed with the Physical and Mental Component Summary scales of the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form (SF-36 PCS, MCS). General linear models were used to examine the associations among gender, weight status, medical comorbidity, and HRQoL. Controlling for age, social status, the occurrence of specific medical conditions, and the total number of medical conditions, mild obesity was associated with impairment in physical health functioning, as measured by the PCS, among women, whereas impairment in men's physical health was apparent only for moderate obesity. There was no association between weight status and psycho-social functioning, as measured by the MCS, in women, whereas overweight was associated with better perceived psycho-social functioning in men. The findings are consistent with the hypothesis that women suffer a disproportionately large share of the disease burden of overweight and obesity that is not due solely to differences in medical comorbidity. The possibility that aspects of emotional well-being may mediate the association between obesity and physical health functioning warrants further attention in this regard. The findings also indicate the need to stratify data by gender and to include more sensitive measures of psycho-social functioning in future studies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Overweight, Medical comorbidity, Community sample
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117951
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:34
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-11-21
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