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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 57-61

Obesity and gastrointestinal quality of life: A hospital-based survey

Department of General Surgery, Kocaeli University School of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey

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Tonguc Utku Yilmaz
Department of General Surgery, Kocaeli University School of Medicine, 41380 Umuttepe, Kocaeli
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DOI: 10.4103/2347-2618.128628

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Objective: We tried to find whether obesity worsens gastrointestinal (GI) quality of life score among patients with GI symptoms. Materials and Methods: This descriptive study was performed in general surgery outpatient clinic in a slum part of a city. Body mass index (BMI) of the patients was measured. The patients with GI symptoms were included. The demographic data obtained. GI quality of life score questionnaires were performed. Results : The prevalence of being overweight and obesity were 32.4% and 40.1% respectively. There 442 patients with GI symptoms among 1250 outpatient admissions. The mean age, BMI and GI quality of life index scores of the patients were 46.3 (18-87), 31.1 (18.8-44.4) and 89.9 (63-121) respectively. The percentage of obese and overweight patients was significantly higher than the percentage of patients with normal weight. The quality of life decreased significantly in overweight and obese patients when compared with normal weight patients. Conclusion : The prevalence of obesity among females and older age was higher. Obesity is worsening the GI quality of life.

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