Author(s): Ko GT
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Abstract PURPOSE: To investigate the relationships among obesity, physical activity and quality of life (QOL) in Hong Kong Chinese adults. METHODS: A cross-sectional study involving 876 subjects (32.9\% men and 67.1\% women, mean age: 34.8 +/- 7.9 years) from a nonmanual working population. The Medical Outcome Study Short Form 36 (SF-36, Chinese version) was used for health-related QOL. Level of physical activity was assessed with self-reported questionnaire. Obesity was defined as body mass index > or = 25 kg/m2. RESULTS: 31\% of men and 9\% of women were obese (overall 16.0\%). Obese subjects had lower scores on some of the SF-36 subscales. As the level of physical activity decreased, mean scores on most SF-36 subscales also progressively decreased. Obese women who had no regular physical activity had lower scores on some QOL subscales than obese women who had some regular physical activity. DISCUSSION: Among this Hong Kong Chinese sample, both obesity and lack of physical activity are associated with lower scores on QOL.
This article was published in Am J Health Promot
and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior