Obese Children At Higher Risk Of Anxiety, Depression

Publish On: 21 Mar, 2020 10:00 AM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

Parents, kindly note. Researchers have found that children with obesity may have a higher risk of hysteria, depression and 3 times higher risk of mortality in early adulthood.

According to the researchers, prior studies have linked childhood obesity with an increased risk of premature mortality from middle adulthood.

Two new studies from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, published in PLOS Medicine and BMC Medicine, highlight the necessity to spot specific risk factors for youngsters with obesity and find preventative tools, consistent with the researchers.

"Our study shows that children with obesity have a significantly higher risk of premature mortality already as young adults," said study researcher Emilia Hagman from Karolinska Institutet.

"Both the risk of death from somatic diseases, of which more than a quarter were directly related to obesity, and the risk of suicide were increased for this group," Hagman added.

The researchers wanted to see if children with obesity even have a better risk of premature death in early adulthood also as if children with obesity are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than other children.

In the first study within the journal PLOS Medicine, the researchers showed that folks with obesity in childhood have a 3 times higher risk of dying in early adulthood than a comparison group from the overall population. 

The study included about 7,000 individuals who received obesity treatment at some point between the ages of three and 17. 

They were matched with some 34,000 people of equivalent age, gender, and area of residence. a complete of 39 people (0.55 per cent) in the childhood obesity group died during the typical follow-up period of three .6 years compared with 65 (0.19 per cent) within the control group. the typical age at the time of death was 22 years.

According to the researchers, possible explanations for the findings could also be that childhood obesity has been linked to somatic diseases like diabetes, disease and high vital sign . 

Children and adolescents with obesity also are more exposed to discrimination, which could lead on to psychological problems. 

Another study by an equivalent research group in BMC Medicine found that obesity was linked to an increased risk of hysteria and depression in children and adolescents. 

Girls with obesity had a 43 per cent higher risk of hysteria and depression than girls from the overall population while boys with obesity had a 33 percent higher risk than their peers. 

The study included quite 12,000 children between the ages of 6-17 who were treated for obesity and compared with a matched group of 60,000 children from the overall population.

The associations remained after the researchers adjusted for other risk factors like Nordic background, neuropsychiatric disorders, case history of hysteria or depression and socioeconomic status.