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Treating Obesity Benefits Children’s Mental Health

Treating obesity in children and adolescents improves self-esteem and body image, according to an analysis of all relevant studies published to date. The analysis, which is published in Pediatric Obesity, included 64 studies.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:01 am EST
"Our findings are encouraging as they show that pediatric obesity treatment can improve psychological as well as weight-related outcomes"

Treating obesity in children and adolescents improves self-esteem and body image, according to an analysis of all relevant studies published to date. The analysis, which is published in Pediatric Obesity, included 64 studies.

Losing weight appeared important for achieving improvements in body image but not self-esteem.

“Our findings are encouraging as they show that pediatric obesity treatment can improve psychological as well as weight-related outcomes,” said lead author Megan Gow, PhD, of the University of Sydney, in Australia.

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijpo.12600

About Journal 

Pediatric Obesity is a peer-reviewed, monthly journal devoted to research into obesity during childhood and adolescence. The topic is currently at the centre of intense interest in the scientific community, and is of increasing concern to health policy-makers and the public at large.

The journal is owned by the World Obesity Federation, a not-for-profit charitable body linking over 50 regional and national associations with over 10,000 professional members in scientific, medical and research organisations.

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