Health-related quality of life, BMI and physical activity among US adults (≥18 years): National physical activity and weight loss survey, 2002

J. Kruger, H. R. Bowles, D. A. Jones, B. E. Ainsworth, H. W. Kohl

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    Abstract

    Objective: To examine the association between health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and physical activity (PA). Methods: Cross-sectional data were obtained via a national telephone survey from 9173 respondents (30.9% response rate; 51.4% cooperation rate). Four indicators of HRQOL were measured: self-rated health, physically unhealthy days, mentally unhealthy days and activity limitation days. Prevalence estimates were calculated by body mass index (BMI) category and PA level. Logistic regression evaluated BMI as an effect modifier of the relationship between HRQOL and PA. Results: Inactive adults reported more fair to poor HRQOL than active adults, regardless of BMI category (P<0.001). BMI did not modify the association between PA and any of the four HRQOL indicators. Conclusion: Prevalence of low HRQOL is inversely related to PA participation, and the relationship is not altered by BMI status. Regardless of their weight status, adults should be encouraged to engage in PA.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)321-327
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Journal of Obesity
    Volume31
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 2007

    Keywords

    • Body mass index
    • Health-related quality of life
    • Physical activity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    • Nutrition and Dietetics

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