Study Finds That Obese Teens Are Not More Likely to be Depressed

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scaleIn a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health online, researchers tracked 51 severely obese teens grades 7-12 to see if they could find a link between depression and obesity.

After following participants for 3 years and comparing them to adolescents of the same age, gender and race, Drs. Elizabeth Goodman and Aviva Must concluded that the obese teens did not have an increased likelihood of high-level depressive symptoms. They found that non-Hispanic whites, however, were more vulnerable to symptoms than non-Hispanic blacks. To read the abstract of the study and get access to the PDF (account required), click on the following link: Abstract in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

 

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