Obesity, Quality of Life, and China’s One Child Policy


Are Chinese kids obese? Are they miserable? Some recent studies looked at the consequences of China’s One Child Policy.

More Quality of Life Studies


Studies show obesity and impaired emotional health can be mutually reciprocal in perpetuating each other, and the negative impact of obesity increases with age.

Quality of Life Studies


Does the quality of life decline because the child is overweight/obese, or do children become overweight/obese in reaction to lives that are already messed up?

Mental Illness Impacts Quality of Life

Hansel and Gretel

In the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel,” a child is captured by a witch who feeds him so he will be nice and plump to cook and eat. The story has analogs in many cultures. The website TV Tropes gives more than 30 examples of stories (including a Simpsons episode) in which one or more […]

The Quality of Life Conundrum

The Grim Reaper

Once they have become obese, children may experience a diminished quality of life for many reasons, some of which are more obvious than others. A lot of things in the material world are too small for their comfort — clothes, school desks, airplane seats, and restaurant booths, to name a few. They tend to be […]

Toxic Parents and Quality of Life

little emperor

From the moment any child is born, the main factor determining that child’s quality of life is the chief caregiver, often the mother. When this works out well, everybody wins. But the planet is full of less-than-perfect parents. Sometimes governments attempt to step in and fix parental problems, with mixed results. When ideologically-motivated social engineering […]

Health and Quality of Life Are Inseparable


Yesterday Childhood Obesity News looked at information indicating that when teenagers lose weight, their QOL (Quality of Life) scores rise. For a lot of teens, both obesity and depression are persistent coexisting conditions, although one or the other might arise first. An obese adolescence is worse for boys. Or maybe it’s worse for girls. “Results […]

Quality of Life Research from the NOO

Young and Hopeless

In Britain they have a thing called the National Obesity Observatory (NOO) through which the government publishes the results of research concerning overweight and obesity. To gather information, the NOO operates the National Child Measurement Programme, whose data it analyses and interprets, and then advises health care practitioners and policy makers. The NOO published a […]

More on Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life


As yesterday’s Childhood Obesity News post noted, quality of life has been a subject of concern for quite a long time in the study of youth obesity. Sometimes, in the midst of all the journal articles and lab results and optimistically designed programs, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that millions of children […]

Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life


A little over 10 years ago, research was done on the quality of life experienced by children in various life situations. The starting point was a prior study that had compared the quality of life experienced by young cancer patients with children who suffered from congenital heart disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes. […]

Childhood Obesity News | OVERWEIGHT: What Kids Say | Dr. Robert A. Pretlow
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