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Revista médica de Chile

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VILUGRON ARAVENA, Fabiola; MOLINA G., Temístocles; GRAS PEREZ, María Eugenia  and  FONT-MAYOLAS, Sílvia. Association between eating habits and health related quality of life among school age adolescents. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2020, vol.148, n.7, pp.921-929. ISSN 0034-9887.


Adolescence is considered a nutritionally vulnerable period of life, since their eating habits are influenced by factors that can promote the consumption of non-nutritious food.


To analyze the relation between eating habits, obesity, and the perception of Health-Related Quality of Life in school-aged adolescents.

Material and Methods:

A cross-sectional study of 550 adolescents aged 16 ± 1 years (60% women) attending a public education institution in Valparaíso, Chile. The Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) for eating habits and the KIDSCREEN-27 survey for health-related quality of life were self-administered online. The answers were anonymous. A logistic regression analysis was conducted to evaluate the relationship between the variables, which was adjusted for age and sex.


Ten percent of men and 6% of women were obese. Those with an inadequate consumption of fruits had a worst perception of their physical well-being, autonomy and relationship with their parents. Psychological well-being and school environment were perceived worst among those that did not consume breakfast. Obese respondents also reported a poorest physical health.


Inadequate eating habits and obesity have a negative effect of health-related quality of life among adolescents.

Keywords : Adolescent; Feeding Behavior; Obesity; Quality of Life.

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