Nearly 32% of children ages 2-19 were classified as overweight or obese in 2012. Approximately 6 to 8 percent of teens have serious depression, and suicide was the second leading cause of death among adolescents ages 12-17 in 2010. Weight-based bullying can have a significant impact on mental health in children and adolescents.Prevalence of mood disorders and self harm are higher in female adolescents than in males, but there are no significant sex differences in childhood obesity prevalence. The purpose of this study was to examine differences by sex in the association between obesity and depression among children ages 10-17.
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"The Association Between Obesity and Depression in Children Ages 10-17: Is There a Sex Difference?"
Biostatistics and Applied Data Analysis.
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