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Psychological functioning in adolescents with obesity co-morbidities.
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PMID:  23763659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: An understanding of the relationships among obesity severity, medical co-morbidities, and psychological complications is important in the design of interventions to encourage overweight youth and families to accomplish healthy lifestyle changes.
METHODS: We evaluated associations among psychological status, diagnosed medical co-morbidities consistent with components of the metabolic syndrome, and BMI among 166 obese adolescents (11-18 years) referred for endocrinology consultation. We hypothesized that there would be higher levels of psychological distress among youth with more diagnosed components of the metabolic syndrome (i.e., more medical co-morbidities associated with obesity).
RESULTS: Contrary to expectation, we found that meeting criteria for extreme obesity alone was more predictive of psychological difficulties.
CONCLUSIONS: The degree of obesity may be more relevant than the number of associated medical co-morbidities in impacting psychological health. It is important to recognize individual differences between patients in terms of identifying motivating goals for accomplishing weight management.
Natalie Walders-Abramson; Kristen J Nadeau; Megan M Kelsey; Sarah J Schmiege; Swan Ellert; Anna Cejka; Kelly Bhatnagar; Phil Zeitler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2013-06-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Childhood obesity (Print)     Volume:  9     ISSN:  2153-2176     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Obes     Publication Date:  2013 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-07-31     Completed Date:  2014-03-31     Revised Date:  2014-08-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101542497     Medline TA:  Child Obes     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  319-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
Body Mass Index
Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology,  prevention & control,  psychology*
Colorado / epidemiology
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / epidemiology,  prevention & control,  psychology*
Metabolic Syndrome X / epidemiology,  prevention & control,  psychology*
Pediatric Obesity / epidemiology,  prevention & control,  psychology*
Predictive Value of Tests
Self Concept
Severity of Illness Index
United States / epidemiology
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