Childhood obesity reduces quality of life

Child obesity potentially affects quality of life as much as a cancer diagnosis, according to a new study.

The Taranaki study, published in the British Medical Journal, found reported quality of life of obese children was comparable to that of children and teens diagnosed with cancer.

The study was conducted on 233 children seeking help for their weight through intervention programme Whanau Pakari, so the results do not necessarily apply to all children who are obese, study co-author Yvonne Anderson says.

University of Auckland

Did you know? An estimated 85,000 Kiwi kids aged 2-14 years are obese.

New Zealand Health Survey

First published: September 2017

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