BACKGROUND: Excess weight in women with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) may further contribute to joint pain and fatigue. However, there is little research addressing weight issues in this population.
PURPOSE: This study examined the relationship of body mass index (BMI) to quality of life.
METHODS: Quality of life was measured by the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey, severity of FMS, nutritional intake, Barriers to Health Promoting Behaviors for Disabled Persons Scale (BS), and self-efficacy for health-promoting behaviors (Self-Rated Abilities for Health Practices Scale) in women with FMS. Baseline data were collected on 179 women diagnosed with FMS.
FINDINGS: Controlling for age, BMI was significantly (p < .05) correlated with 36-Item Short Form Health Survey subscales of physical functioning, bodily pain and vitality, severity of FMS using the Tender Point Index, calories, protein, fat, saturated fat, BS, and Self-Rated Abilities for Health Practices Scale subscale for exercise. The findings support a growing body of evidence that excess weight is negatively related to quality of life and pain in women with FMS.
Gayle M. Timmerman, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin.
Nicolina A. Calfa, PhD, Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin.
Alexa K. Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin
The authors have disclosed no conflicts of interest.