Saturday, July 4, 2009

Overweight kids 'experience more depression, loneliness, anxiety'

A new study by University of Missouri researchers has found that overweight kids, especially girls, show signs of the negative consequences of being overweight as early as kindergarten.

These negative results may include depression, anxiety and loneliness.

"We found that both boys and girls who were overweight from kindergarten through third grade displayed more depression, anxiety and loneliness than kids who were never overweight, and those negative feelings worsened over time," said Sara Gable, associate professor of human development and family studies in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences.

The study was published in Applied Developmental Science.

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