Which psychiatric disorders are associated with severe obesity in children?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Anecdotal evidence suggests that children with severe obesity may develop major psychiatric disorders (eg, suicide attempts, manic depression, other depressive disorders) that require hospitalization or long-term medication. Whether most of these psychiatric disorders predate, cause, or result from the obesity or its treatment is unclear. Like adults, children who enter obesity treatment programs may be at particularly high risk for the development of psychopathology.


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