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Overweight or obese young people are not at increased risk of depression, but young people with depression are at increased risk of obesity
  1. Angela L Wilson,
  2. Gary S Goldfield
  1. Department of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Gary Goldfield, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, 401 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1H 8L1; ggoldfield{at}

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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 …

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