chapter  43
Obesity and Quality of Life
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Quality of life, particularly health-related quality of life, has been defined as the ‘‘physical, psychological, and social domains of health, seen as distinct areas that are influenced by a person’s experiences, beliefs, expectations, and perceptions’’ (1). This definition makes it explicit that quality of life includes not only objective indicators but also subjective appraisals of well-being. Further, the growing interest in assessing quality of life reflects the recognition that health is much more than the absence of disease.