PURPOSE: To evaluate the association of obesity with comorbidity and with subjective health perception in a large sample representative of the Italian population and how the association differs by age and gender. METHODS: Cross-sectional data were obtained from nine waves of the "Multipurpose Household Survey," conducted by the Italian National Institute of Statistics. Self-reported height and weight, six weight-associated diseases and self-rated health (SRH) were evaluated on 352,020 subjects aged 20 to 89 years. Comorbidity was defined as the presence of two or more diseases. RESULTS: The prevalence of comorbidity was significantly different between obese and normal weight subjects in all age categories. SRH was worse in obese subjects than in those of normal weight; this difference persisted, at least in females, into older ages. CONCLUSIONS: Obesity is associated with comorbidity and self-rated health; this association varies across ages and genders. The results found for obese subjects of a given age category were similar to (or worse than) those found for older normal weight subjects of the next age class. For comorbidity, this was true both in males and in females of all the considered age categories; for SRH, this was true in particular for females and younger males.

The association between excess weight and comorbidity and self-rated health in the Italian population.

MICCIOLO, Rocco;MINNITI, Alessia;MAZZALI, Gloria;FANTIN, Francesco;CORZATO, Francesca;ANTONIOLI, Angela;ZAMBONI, Mauro
2013

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PURPOSE: To evaluate the association of obesity with comorbidity and with subjective health perception in a large sample representative of the Italian population and how the association differs by age and gender. METHODS: Cross-sectional data were obtained from nine waves of the "Multipurpose Household Survey," conducted by the Italian National Institute of Statistics. Self-reported height and weight, six weight-associated diseases and self-rated health (SRH) were evaluated on 352,020 subjects aged 20 to 89 years. Comorbidity was defined as the presence of two or more diseases. RESULTS: The prevalence of comorbidity was significantly different between obese and normal weight subjects in all age categories. SRH was worse in obese subjects than in those of normal weight; this difference persisted, at least in females, into older ages. CONCLUSIONS: Obesity is associated with comorbidity and self-rated health; this association varies across ages and genders. The results found for obese subjects of a given age category were similar to (or worse than) those found for older normal weight subjects of the next age class. For comorbidity, this was true both in males and in females of all the considered age categories; for SRH, this was true in particular for females and younger males.
OBESITY AND COMORBIDITY
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