Association between physical activity and health-related quality of life in children: a cross-sectional study

Syed Saadun Tarek Wafa, Sharifah Wajihah Wafa and Shahril, Mohd Razif and Ahmad, Aryati and Mohd Zainuddin, Laila Ruwaida and Ismail, Karimah Fakhriah and Aung, Myat Moe Thwe and Mohd Yusoff, Noor Aini (2016) Association between physical activity and health-related quality of life in children: a cross-sectional study. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 14 (71). pp. 1-6. ISSN 1477-7525

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Abstract

Background: Research suggests that physical activity plays a role to improve health related- quality of life (QoL), however studies examining the association between physical activity and HRQOL are limited in the paediatric literature. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between physical activity and HRQoL among Malaysian children. Methods:Participants (n= 78 normal weight; 78 obese children) aged 9–11 years completed a validated quality of life(QoL) inventory and wore an accelerometer to objectively measure physical activity for 1 week. Results:Psychosocial Health domain and Total QoL (all p< 0.05) were significantly lower for obese compared to normal weight children. Children who spent more time in sedentary behaviour had significantly lower QoL on Psychosocial Health domain and Total QoL except for the Physical Health domain. There was also a strong positive correlation between QoL and moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) indicating that children who are physically active have a better quality of life. Conclusions: Physical activity promotion should be emphasised to improve QoL in children.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Childhood, Obesity, Physical activity, Quality of life, Accelerometer
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Faculty / Institute: Faculty Of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Sharifah Wajihah Wafa Syed Saadun Tarek Wafa
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 05:00
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2016 05:00
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4823

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