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Is Obesity More Than a Double Burden among People with Mobility Disability? The Effect of Obesity on HRQoL and Participation in Society

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Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, P.O. Box 157, Lund SE-221 00, Sweden
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Statistics Sweden, P.O. Box 24300, Stockholm SE-104 51, Sweden
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Academic Editors: Clare Collins, Melinda J. Hutchesson and Megan Rollo
Healthcare 2017, 5(4), 79; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare5040079
Received: 25 September 2017 / Revised: 16 October 2017 / Accepted: 19 October 2017 / Published: 24 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Burden of Obesity on Health, Wellbeing and Healthcare)
Obesity is more common in individuals with mobility disability than in those without this condition. Individuals with mobility disability also have lower health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and are limited in their participation in society. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the body mass index (BMI) status and the association of overweight or obesity on HRQoL and participation in society among those with mobility disability in comparison to those without mobility disability. This cross-sectional study was based on a health survey conducted in Sweden in 2012 (n = 18,322; age, 18–64 years). Logistic regression with and without interaction analysis was applied. Effect modification by overweight status was significant for, moderate pain. For obesity, effect modification was seen for low general health, pain (moderate and severe), and not participating in work. BMI was higher among those with mobility disability, but no associations between overweight or obesity and HRQoL or participation in society were observed for those with mobility disability. Overweight and obesity did not add an additional burden to mobility disability, probably because mobility disability is associated with low HRQoL and low participation in society. Despite these results, population obesity prevention strategies are still needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobility disability; disabled person; overweight; obesity; health-related quality of life; participation in society; public health mobility disability; disabled person; overweight; obesity; health-related quality of life; participation in society; public health
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Holmgren, M.; De Munter, J.; Rasmussen, F.; Sandberg, M.; Ahlström, G. Is Obesity More Than a Double Burden among People with Mobility Disability? The Effect of Obesity on HRQoL and Participation in Society. Healthcare 2017, 5, 79.

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