Melbourne: A new Australian study has found obese boys have a significantly lower than average quality of life and excess weight amongst teens, particularly in boys, appeared to be associated with decreased life satisfaction. The study, published in American Journal of Adolescent Health by researchers from Sydney`s Westmead Millennium Institute (WMI), said the results were surprising to find "negative psycho-social impacts of obesity were greater on teenage boys than upon teenage girls". "The findings suggest that an unhealthy weight status and excess body fat could negatively impact on the mental and physical wellbeing of adolescents, particularly in boys," the lead author of the study Bamini Gopinath said yesterday. "The findings highlight the value of assessing quality of life among adolescents with excess weight in both clinical practice and research studies."
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