Effects of a diabetes prevention programme on weight-specific quality of life in Latino youth

E. Brito, D. L. Patrick, Y. P. Konopken, C. S. Keller, C. S. Barroso, Gabriel Shaibi

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Objective: To examine the effects of a diabetes prevention programme on weight-specific Quality of Life (QOL) in obese Latino youth. Methods: Fifteen obese Latino adolescents (body mass index % = 96.4 ± 1.2; age = 15.0 ± 1.0) completed a 12-week culturally grounded, community-based intervention designed to improve physical and psychosocial health. Weight-specific QOL was assessed by the Youth Quality of Life-Weight module and compared with age, sex and ethnicity-matched lean youth. Results: At baseline, intervention youth exhibited significantly lower weight-specific QOL compared with lean youth (70.8 ± 5.4 vs. 91.2 ± 2.2, P = 0.002). However, following the intervention, total weight-specific QOL increased by 21.8% among obese youth (70.8 ± 5.4 to 86.2 ± 4.3, P < 0.001) and was no longer different from lean controls. Significant increases in weight-specific QOL were noted across all subdomains including self (45.7%), social (11.9%) and environmental (36.2%) despite the fact that weight did not change (90.6 ± 6.8 to 89.9 ± 7.2, P = 0.44). The improvements in QOL were maintained for up to 12 months after the intervention. Conclusion: Weight-specific QOL among obese Latino youth can be improved through lifestyle interventions to a level similar to lean peers. Further, weight loss may not be necessary to observe improvements in QOL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e108-e111
JournalPediatric obesity
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Quality of Life
Weights and Measures
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Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Diabetes prevention
  • Lifestyle
  • QOL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medicine(all)

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Effects of a diabetes prevention programme on weight-specific quality of life in Latino youth. / Brito, E.; Patrick, D. L.; Konopken, Y. P.; Keller, C. S.; Barroso, C. S.; Shaibi, Gabriel.

In: Pediatric obesity, Vol. 9, No. 5, 2014, p. e108-e111.

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Brito, E, Patrick, DL, Konopken, YP, Keller, CS, Barroso, CS & Shaibi, G 2014, 'Effects of a diabetes prevention programme on weight-specific quality of life in Latino youth', Pediatric obesity, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. e108-e111. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijpo.240
Brito, E. ; Patrick, D. L. ; Konopken, Y. P. ; Keller, C. S. ; Barroso, C. S. ; Shaibi, Gabriel. / Effects of a diabetes prevention programme on weight-specific quality of life in Latino youth. In: Pediatric obesity. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 5. pp. e108-e111.
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