Obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and often have decreased health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The authors assessed overweight and obese adolescents (n=707; 57% girls) who participated in a 4- to 6-week inpatient weight-loss program. Of the 381 children who completed the two-year follow-up, participation in the program was associated with long-term positive changes in HRQOL, including self-esteem.

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