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Health-related quality of life, adiposity, and sedentary behavior in patients with early schizophrenia: preliminary study

Authors Strassnig M, Brar, Ganguli R

Received 5 May 2012

Accepted for publication 11 July 2012

Published 26 October 2012 Volume 2012:5 Pages 389—394


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Martin Strassnig,1 Jaspreet S Brar,2 Rohan Ganguli3

1Department of Psychiatry, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA; 2Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA; 3Department of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Objective: To examine adiposity and sedentary behavior in relation to health-related quality of life (QoL) in patients with early schizophrenia.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was used to assess adiposity by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scans, habitual physical activity and idle sitting time by the Short Form International Physical Activity Questionnaire, and health-related QoL by the RAND Medical Outcomes Study SF-36. QoL scores were compared with age-adjusted Canadian normative population data.
Results: There were 36 participants with early schizophrenia, average age 25.1 (±3.6). Twenty-nine (72.5%) were males. Mean illness duration was 30 (±18) months, and mean body mass index was 28.3 (±5). Females had higher body fat content than males (30.8 ± 6.9 vs 24.7 ± 10.6; t = −2.6, df = 34; P = 0.015). Total body fat (F = 14; P = 0.001), lean body mass (F = 10.2; P = 0.001), and sedentary behavior (F = 5; P = 0.013) significantly increased across body mass index categories. Total body fat was correlated with sedentary behavior (r = 0.62; P = 0.001), and total lean body mass was negatively correlated with sedentary behavior (r = 0.39; P = 0.03). Based on SF-36 scores, participants had significantly lower physical functioning (P = 0.0034), role physical (P = 0.0003), general health (P < 0.0001), vitality (P = 0.03), and physical component scores (P = 0.003) than Canadian population comparisons. Habitual sedentary behavior, more than activity or adiposity levels, was associated with health-related QoL in early schizophrenia.
Conclusion: Health-related QoL is lower in early schizophrenia and is predominantly experienced in the physical domain. QoL in early schizophrenia relates to sedentary behavior more than to activity and adiposity levels.

Keywords: obesity, CVD risk, activity levels, BMI

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