Impact of healthy eating practices and physical activity on quality of life among breast cancer survivors

Shooka Mohammadi, Suhaina Sulaiman, Bee Koon Poh, Reza Amani, Seyed Mohammad Hosseini

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Abstract

Following breast cancer diagnosis, women often attempt to modify their lifestyles to improve their health and prevent recurrence. These behavioral changes typically involve diet and physical activity modification. The aim of this study was to determine association between healthy eating habits and physical activity with quality of life among Iranian breast cancer survivors. A total of 100 Iranian women, aged between 32 to 61 years were recruited to participate in this cross-sectional study. Eating practices were evaluated by a validated questionnaire modified from the Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) study. Physical activity was assessedusing the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). A standardized questionnaire by the European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life and its breastcancer module (EORTC QLQ-C30/+BR-23) were applied to determine quality of life. Approximately 29% of the cancer survivors were categorized as having healthy eating practices, 34% had moderate eating practices and 37% had poor eating practices based on nutrition guidelines. The study found positive changes in the decreased intake of fast foods (90%), red meat (70%) and increased intake of fruits (85%) and vegetables (78%). Generally, breast cancer survivors with healthy eating practices had better global quality of life, social, emotional, cognitive and role functions. Results showed that only 12 women (12%) met the criteria for regular vigorous exercise, 22% had regular moderate-intensity exercise while the majority (65%) had low-intensity physical activity. Breast cancer survivors with higher level of physical activity had better emotional and cognitive functions. Healthy eating practices and physical activity can improve quality of life of cancer survivors. Health care professionals should promote good dietary habitsand physical activity to improve survivors' health and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-487
Number of pages7
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Survivors
Quality of Life
Exercise
Breast Neoplasms
Eating
Cognition
Healthy Diet
Fast Foods
Nutrition Policy
Neoplasms
Health
Feeding Behavior
Vegetables
Life Style
Fruit
Cross-Sectional Studies
Organizations
Diet
Delivery of Health Care
Recurrence

Keywords

  • Breast cancer survivors
  • Eating practices
  • Iran
  • Physical activity
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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Impact of healthy eating practices and physical activity on quality of life among breast cancer survivors. / Mohammadi, Shooka; Sulaiman, Suhaina; Poh, Bee Koon; Amani, Reza; Hosseini, Seyed Mohammad.

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Mohammadi, Shooka ; Sulaiman, Suhaina ; Poh, Bee Koon ; Amani, Reza ; Hosseini, Seyed Mohammad. / Impact of healthy eating practices and physical activity on quality of life among breast cancer survivors. In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2013 ; Vol. 14, No. 1. pp. 481-487.
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