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Psychological Functioning in Adolescents with Obesity Co-Morbidities.
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PMID:  23763659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Abstract 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.
Authors:
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     Date:  2013-6-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Childhood obesity (Print)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  2153-2176     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Obes     Publication Date:  2013 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-6-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101542497     Medline TA:  Child Obes     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
1 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado Denver and Children's Hospital Colorado , Aurora, CO.
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