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Gender affects correlation between depression and weight in children: Study


A recent study suggests that the probability of a in children and adolescents with high, low, or normal body mass index differs according to gender.

The results of the study were published in the journal 'Childhood Obesity'.

According to the study, underweight boys and overweight girls have an increased risk of and a large team of researchers co-authored the study.

The study included BMI results for more than 25,000 youths and compared the likelihood of a diagnosis of among the subgroups of girls and boys, dividing them into categories of underweight, normal weight, and overweight.

"There has been some disagreement in the literature about the nature of the relationship between and among children and adolescents. Mostafavi and colleagues generated a large Iranian population-based sample and determined that 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'

The study highlighted that this relationship needs to be assessed in other countries to assess the extent to which this finding varies by culture, and what it may be about the culture that influences this relationship.

Weight management interventions for boys may anticipate their possible depression.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 20:54 IST