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Obesity Among Children Leads to Depression

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A large number of the population of our planet is facing obesity problems. The obesity problem is just rising rapidly by the time between the young age group. Obesity can cause abnormal effects on the body and it can also affect the person mentally as well as physically. It has been noticed that teenagers or children who get bullied in school get depressed easily and sometimes it leads to some serious problems with their health too.

As per the recent study, it was noticed that many of the adolescents no matter with high, low, or normal body mass index differs according to gender, were probably trapped under a major depressive disorder. This was not only under the adolescents but it was also found in the children also. This study was published in the journal Childhood Obesity. “There has been some disagreement in the literature about the nature of the relationship between obesity and depression among children and adolescents. Mostafavi and colleagues generated a large Iranian population-based sample and determined that obesity was correlated with depression among boys, but not girls, after controlling for likely confounders.

The large sample adds confidence to the findings,” said ‘Childhood Obesity‘ Editor-in-Chief Tom Baranowski. According to the study, it is said that the children who are underweight carry a big risk of falling into depression. The study was conducted under the supervision of Seyed-Ali Mostafavi and his team. During the study, they examined the data of more than 25,000 young kids which also included the BMI of those subjects. The data was later compared with the depression diagnosis and those subjects were divided into categories and were mentioned into underweight, normal weight, and overweight.

The article which was published in the journal Childhood Obesity was titled, “Gender Determines the Pattern of Correlation between Body Mass Index and Major Depressive Disorder among Children and Adolescents: Results from IRCAP Study.” according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition disappeared when shaming experiences, parental employment, and parental separation was controlled for.

Adolescents who reported many experiences of shame had an increased risk (odds ratio: 11.3; confidence interval: 8.3–14.9) for being depressed. Body shaming can be lethal verbally sometimes and children get affected to such things very fast and when there is no one left to listen to them, those children start feeling anxiety and fall into depression. It is important to listen to the kids and children including the teenagers who go through body shaming and are facing depression.

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