Body-mass index and 4-year change in health-related quality of life.

TitleBody-mass index and 4-year change in health-related quality of life.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsDamush, TM, Stump, TE, Clark, DO
JournalJ Aging Health
Date Published2002 May
ISSN Number0898-2643
KeywordsBody Mass Index, Disabled Persons, Female, Health Status, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Obesity, Quality of Life, United States

OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of body-mass index (BMI) categories (a proxy for adiposity) on 4-year changes in health-related quality of life (HRQL) independent of baseline disease severity.

DESIGN: Secondary analyses of a prospective, longitudinal study.

PARTICIPANTS: Data on 7,895 adults ages 51 to 61 years who responded to the Health and Retirement Surveys in 1992, 1994, and 1996 were included.

RESULTS: Estimates of the effect of BMI on changes in HRQL were adjusted by disease severity. Each BMI category was associated with an increasing risk of decline in perceived health, with the highest risk in the higher categories. A BMI of between 30 and 35 was associated with a risk of decline in mobility.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest a significant impact of BMI on changes in HRQL that is independent of disease severity and baseline HRQL.

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Body Mass Index/Health

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Alternate JournalJ Aging Health
Citation Key6827
PubMed ID11995740