Navigation Links
Obesity now poses as great a threat to quality of life as smoking
Date:1/5/2010

San Diego, CA, January 5, 2010 As the US population becomes increasingly obese while smoking rates continue to decline, obesity has become an equal, if not greater, contributor to the burden of disease and shortening of healthy life in comparison to smoking. In an article published in the February 2010 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from Columbia University and The City College of New York calculate that the Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost due to obesity is now equal to, if not greater than, those lost due to smoking, both modifiable risk factors.

QALYs use preference-based measurements of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) which allow a person to state a relative preference for a given health outcome. Since one person may value a particular outcome differently than another person, these measures capture how each respondent views his or her own quality of life.

The 1993-2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the largest ongoing state-based health survey of US adults, has conducted interviews of more than 3,500,000 individuals; annual interviews started with 102,263 in 1993 and culminated with 406,749 in 2008. This survey includes a set of questions that measures HRQOL, asking about recent poor health days and tracking overall physical and mental health of the population. The authors analyzed these data and converted the measures to QALYs lost due to smoking and obesity.

From 1993 to 2008, when the proportion of smokers among US adults declined 18.5%, smoking-related QALYs lost were relatively stable at 0.0438 QALYs lost per population. During the same period, the proportion of obese people increased 85% and this resulted in 0.0464 QALYs lost. Smoking had a bigger impact on deaths while obesity had a bigger impact on illness.

Investigators Haomiao Jia, PhD and Erica I. Lubetkin, MD, MPH, state, "Although life expectancy and QALE have increased over time, the increase in the contribution of mortality to QALYs lost from obesity may result in a decline in future life expectancy. Such data are essential in setting targets for reducing modifiable health risks and eliminating health disparities."


'/>"/>

Contact: AJPM Editorial Office
eAJPM@ucsd.edu
858-534-9340
Elsevier Health Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Is Obesity a Disease? Current Research, Facts, Figures, and the Pros and Cons at New ProCon.org Website
2. synthesis - legislative obesity - fatheads
3. Psychotherapy offers obesity prevention for at risk teenage girls
4. Obesity, Inactivity Keeping Heart Health Stats Down
5. TrekDesk: A Potentially Positive Impact on Diabetes & Obesity
6. Obesity increases the risk for obstructive sleep apnea in adolescents, but not in younger children
7. NIH launches program to develop innovative approaches to combat obesity
8. Obesity and Inactivity -- The Biggest Threat to the Nation's Health
9. Genetic studies reveal new causes of severe obesity in childhood
10. Latest epidemic? High cholesterol, obesity in fruit flies
11. MyCareTeam™ Significantly Extends Diabetes Offering to Include Management of Hypertension, Obesity, and Congestive Heart Failure
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. ... Mediaplanet, Dr. Murthy explains how he was inspired to practice medicine at an early ... medicine is about more than making diagnoses and prescribing medicine,” he states. “It is ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , ... December 02, 2016 , ... More than half ... while 84 percent of parents report speaking with their child about sex related topics, ... transmitted diseases. , Mediaplanet is proud to announce the launch of its second edition ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Universal Medical Systems, Inc. (UMS) ... first company to offer robotic imaging to veterinary medicine is sponsoring the appearance ... for the American Association of Equine Practitioners 62nd Annual Convention from December 4-6, ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... "Pro3rd Accents Volume 2 is ... create versatile lower third titles with just a few clicks of the mouse," said ... includes 30 lower third animations. Choose from various styles with accented animations, rigid boxes, ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... Date aired: November 28, 2016 , ... The Owner’s Manual, http://realtimepressrelease.com/press-releases-tagged-with/daryl-wein , Sharon Kleyne, America’s leading water ... Change and Your Health radio program syndicated on Voice of America, welcomed author ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/4/2016)... , Dec. 3, 2016   Pairnomix, LLC, ... Medicine Alliance (PEPMA) recognized by the White House, today announced ... approach to the identification of candidate therapies for a patient ... SCN8A gene were presented at the 70 th ... Houston, TX , December 2-6, 2016.  ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... ... R&D Drug Pipeline Database: 1-Year Subscription ... provides 24/7 online access to information about more than 21,000 project ... drug candidates in research & development. Pre-established and ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... the ECG Cables And ECG Leadwires Market owing to the ... On the other hand, the Asia-Pacific ... during the forecast period. The market players namely, ... ( Ireland ), Koninklijke Philips N.V. ( ... China ), held major share of the ECG ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: