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Sarcopenic obesity is associated with lower indicators of psychological health and quality of life in Koreans

Lookup NU author(s): Dr So-Youn Shin


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Sarcopenic obesity (SO) is known to contribute to morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases. However, there exists limited information regarding its effect on psychological health. The aim of this study was to evaluate association of SO with several indices of psychological health and quality of life (QoL) in Korean adults. This cross-sectional study was conducted with 11521 participants older than 20 years from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2008-2011. Sarcopenic obesity was defined by a low appendicular skeletal muscle mass divided by body weight less than 1 standard deviation below the sex-specific mean for the young reference group, and by a high waist circumference of at least 90 cm for men and at least 85 cm for women. Psychological health status, including depressive symptoms, perceived stress, and suicidal ideation, as well as QoL, was assessed by a self-reporting questionnaire. Association between SO and psychological health status was assessed under a logistic regression model. After multivariate adjustment for demographics and lifestyle factors, SO was significantly associated with perceived stress (odds ratio, 1.24; 95% confidence interval, 1.07-1.44; P value = .004) and suicidal ideation (odds ratio, 1.26; 95% confidence interval, 1.06-1.50; P value = .010). In addition, SO was found to have a negative association with a range of QoL indicators. Interestingly, these association patterns were more significant in participants younger than 60 years. In conclusion, our results suggest that SO was associated with adverse psychological health and lower QoL more than body mass index-based general obesity. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Cho Y, Shin SY, Shin MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nutrition Research

Year: 2015

Volume: 35

Issue: 5

Pages: 384-392

Print publication date: 01/05/2015

Online publication date: 09/04/2015

Acceptance date: 06/04/2015

ISSN (print): 0271-5317

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0739

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.nutres.2015.04.002


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Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Oak Foundation
NRF-2013R1A1A2A10006101Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea - Ministry of Education, Science and Technology