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Highly Obese Teens Not As Depressed As Thought

New research reveals that there is no difference in depression levels between obese teens and their slimmer peers. The researchers say this finding refutes the popular notion that most obese teens are depressed and unhappy. However, obese white teens face a higher risk of depression.

The researchers studied 51 highly obese teen school students and compared their mental health with normal weight teens. Rates of depression were assessed at the beginning of the survey and again after two and three years.

The researchers did not find any signs of obesity-related depression, but white teens were more depressed after three years. The researchers say obese white teens need extra care and vigilance because of their tendency to get depressed about their body size. The Journal of Adolescent Health recently published this study online.

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