Quality of life among obese and non-obese early adolescents

  • Putu Vivi Paryati Department of Child Health, Udayana UniversityMedical School/Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali
  • I. G. Lanang Sidiartha Department of Child Health, Udayana UniversityMedical School/Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali
  • I. G. Ayu Trisna Windiani Department of Child Health, Udayana UniversityMedical School/Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali
  • I. G. A. N. Sugitha Adnyana Department of Child Health, Udayana UniversityMedical School/Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali
Keywords: obese, early adolescent, health-related quality of life, PedsQL


Background Obesity in adolescents adversely affects both their psychological as well as their physical health.

Objective To compare the quality of life between obese and non-obese early adolescents, using the PedsQL inventory.

Methods A cross-sectional study was carried out on early adolescents aged 10-12 years among several elementary schools in Denpasar, Bali. Body mass index (BMI) percentiles for age and sex were categorized as obese (BMI ≥95th percentile) and non-obese (BMI <95th percentile). Data on quality of life were collected using PedsQL Generic Core Scales version 4.0 inventory, filled by the children and their parents separately.

Results Total PedsQL score in obese and non-obese group were significantly difference in both reports [child report: mean difference of 9.59 (95%CI 7.14 to 12.05; P<0.05) and parent-proxy report: mean difference at 8.95(95%CI6.64 to 11.26; P<0.05)]. After classifying subjects into impaired and not impaired quality of life based on a total score cut-off <78 as well as other cut-off points for each domain, the individual domains of physical, social, and school function were also significantly associated with obesity (child report: P=0.02, P< 0.001, P=0.018, respectively, and parent-proxy report:P=0.007, P<0.001, P<0.001, respectively). However, emotional function was not significantly associated with obesity (P>0.05). After adjusting for age, gender, and parental education, obesity was significantly associated with PedsQL scores in the child report (OR 7.25; 95%CI 2.94 to 17.89; P<0.05) and the parent-proxy report (OR 10.87; 95%CI 3.83 to 30.84; P<0.05).

Conclusion Obese early adolescents reported significantly poorer quality of life with regards to the physical, social, school function domains and total quality of life than those who were classified into non-obese.


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How to Cite
Paryati P, Sidiartha IGL, Windiani IGAT, Adnyana IGANS. Quality of life among obese and non-obese early adolescents. PI [Internet]. 5Jan.2018 [cited 8Jun.2023];57(4):216-2. Available from: https://paediatricaindonesiana.org/index.php/paediatrica-indonesiana/article/view/1487
Received 2017-06-05
Accepted 2017-08-31
Published 2018-01-05