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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 4092-4096

Assessment of health-related quality of life among obese patients in Abha, Saudi Arabia

1 Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Bisha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3 Aseer Joint program of Family Medicine, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Bandar M Almojarthe
Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, King Khalid University
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_495_20

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Context: Numerous studies have demonstrated that obese individuals experience significant impairments in quality of life as a result of their obesity, with greater impairments associated with greater degrees of obesity. Aims: To assess the quality of life (QOL) and its clinical and sociodemographic determinants among adolescents and adult obese patients (>12 years old) attending obesity and/or nutritional clinics at Aseer Central Hospital, Abha, KSA. Setting and Study Design: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Aseer central hospital. Subjects and Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among a representative sample of all obese patients attending nutrition and obesity clinic at Aseer central hospital for a period of 2 months. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data. Statistical Analyses: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) ver. 20 was used to do the statistical analyses. Results: Overall, 198 obese patients completed the questionnaire and measurements gave a response rate of 84.3%. Their age ranged between 19 and 56 years with a mean age of 31.6 years and standard deviation of 6 years. In total, 56.1% were females. Conclusions: The study showed that the severe obese individuals (grade 3) suffer from poorer health-related QOL (HRQOL) compared to those of grades 1 and 2, as the increase in body mass index (BMI) lowers the HRQOL domains.

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