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Obesity and depression in children

Obesity and depression in children

Obese seven-year-olds are at greater risk of suffering emotional problems, such as anxiety and low mood, when they reach 11, a large UK study suggests.

The Liverpool researchers found obesity and mental health were closely linked, and gradually increased throughout childhood.

Girls tended to have higher BMIs and more emotional problems than boys.

Although the study didn't look at causes, it said poverty was likely to increase the risk of both problems.

The findings, to be presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, strengthen the case for early prevention in overweight children, the researchers said.

    

The researchers analysed information on more than 17,000 children born in the UK between 2000 and 2002, using statistical modelling to measure the link between obesity and emotional problems.

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