The Relationship Between Weight Loss and Health-related Quality of Life in a Serbian Population

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  • Nadja Vasiljevic,

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    • Department of Nutrition, Institute of Hygiene and Medical Ecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
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  • Sonja Ralevic,

    1. Department of Nutrition, Institute of Hygiene and Medical Ecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
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  • Ronette L. Kolotkin,

    1. Obesity and Quality of Life Consulting, Durham, USA
    2. Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Center, Durham, NC, USA
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  • Jelena Marinkovic,

    1. Institute of Medical Statistics and Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
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  • Jagoda Jorga

    1. Department of Nutrition, Institute of Hygiene and Medical Ecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
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Nadja Vasiljevic, Department of Nutrition, Institute of Hygiene and Medical Ecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Dr Subotica Street 8, Belgrade 11000, Republic of Serbia. Tel: +00381 11 31 20 633; Fax: +00381 11 682 852.

Emails: nvas@eunet.rs; nadjavhigijena@carlosoft.net

Abstract

We examined changes in weight-specific health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and the relation to weight loss in a Serbian population undergoing diet-induced weight loss treatment. HRQOL was assessed at intake and after 1 year using the Impact of Weight on Quality of Life-Lite (IWQOL-Lite) questionnaire. Study sample consists of 135 obese patients. After 1 year of diet therapy, patients experienced an average weight loss of ~12%, and significant improvements were noted in all IWQOL-Lite domains (Physical Function, Self-esteem, Sexual Life, Public Distress and Work). Amount of weight loss was closely linked to all domains (F = 27.49; p < 0.001), except Sexual Life (F = 2.08; p = 0.108). In patients with weight reductions of 5%–9.99%, there was a great improvement in physical function and self-esteem. In those with ≥10% weight loss, there was improvement in all dimensions of IWQOL-Lite. With the prevalence of obesity rising worldwide, including in Serbia, the positive effects of weight loss on weight-specific HRQOL are encouraging. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.

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