Dr. Jimenez presents commentary on obesity and newly reported childhood depression link.
FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) — As if it isn’t tough enough being an overweight kid, a new study shows it could have long-lasting repercussions for psychological health, too.
When compared with normal-weight kids who become overweight adults, overweight or obese youth in the study faced three times the risk of depression in adulthood, the research found.
And, that risk was more than four times greater if they were overweight or obese in both childhood and adulthood, the investigators reported.
The study doesn’t prove that obesity causes depression. But the finding confirms earlier reports of an increased depression risk in young people who are obese, the study authors said.
“Overweight children do have a higher risk of developing major depressive disorder over their lifetime compared to normal-weight children,” said study author Deborah Gibson-Smith.
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