Impaired Health-Related Quality of Life in Preschoolers With Obesity.
ABSTRACT OBJECTIVES: To examine whether health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for treatment-seeking preschoolers with obesity (N = 60) differed from preschoolers in a nonclinical comparison sample (N = 457). METHODS: Parents in both samples completed the parent-proxy form of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL). Between-group comparisons were conducted to examine differences for all scales and summary scores of the PedsQL. RESULTS: Parent proxy-reported HRQOL was significantly lower for treatment-seeking preschoolers with obesity for all scales and summary scores except School Functioning. Differences on the Total Scale score met the criterion for being a clinically important difference. CONCLUSIONS: Our study suggests treatment-seeking families perceive worse HRQOL for children with obesity as early as the preschool years. Discussion of HRQOL may be a more effective strategy for health care professionals in broaching the topic of weight with parents and identifying families who may be more receptive to weight management suggestions for preschoolers.
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ABSTRACT: Up to 18.1% of Dutch children aged three to five are overweight and up to 3.3% are obese, with higher levels in girls. This study assessed the effect of a multidisciplinary intervention programme on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in this patient group.Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway: 1992). Supplement 05/2014; DOI:10.1111/apa.12701
Journal of Pediatric Psychology 07/2014; DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu059 · 2.91 Impact Factor
Journal of Pediatric Psychology 07/2014; DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu052 · 2.91 Impact Factor