The authors compare the appearance of depressive symptoms in 30 obese children in outpatient care and 30 normal-weight controls. The Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale showed a significantly higher rate of depression in the obese children (p<0.01). The results are interpreted in the light of the partially contradictory views in the literature. Reference is also made to the therapeutic aspects of the problem.
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Csábi, G., Tényi, T. & Molnár, D. Depressive symptoms among obese children. Eat Weight Disord 5, 43–45 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03353437
- Childhood obesity
- mood disorders
- eating disorders
- clinical epidemiology
- clinical population