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Implications for practice and research
Health professionals working with young people who have major depression should be aware that they may be at increased risk for developing obesity over time, particularly boys.
Public health promotion or prevention efforts directed towards youths experiencing clinical depression may help to reduce future weight issues.
Obesity and depression have both been associated with adverse health outcomes in young people.1 A growing body of evidence has investigated whether a link exists between these two conditions, suggesting that one may act as a risk factor for the other. To date, the evidence about the nature and strength of this relationship has been mixed, with the majority of studies examining …
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