Duval et al identified factors that may impact the quality of life (QOL) for a morbidly obese patient. A patient with one or more of these factors should be screened for the status of life quality. The authors are from Hopital Laval in Quebec.

Morbid obesity tends to have

(1) a greater impact in women than men.

(2) impacts dissatisfaction with physical appearance


Domains with a significant impact on QOL:

(1) mobility and activity

(2) symptoms

(3) personal hygiene and clothing

(4) emotions

(5) social interactions

(6) sexual life

(7) eating behavior


Additional issues not included:

(1) self-image, which interacts with dissatisfaction with physical appearance

(2) culture (acceptance versus taboo), which interacts with social interactions

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