Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Socioenvironmental, Personal, and Behavioral Correlates of Severe Obesity

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33b926_070c68aaf72d4b19a0401e67ce691d97.jpgA recent study found that adolescents with severe obesity reported unique concerns that may diminish their quality of life and increase their risk for unhealthy weight gain over time.

The cross-sectional study used data from the EAT (Eating and Activity among Teens) 2010 study, an observational investigation of socioecological correlates of eating, activity, and weight-related issues among 2,706 adolescents.

Overall, compared to their leaner peers, teens with severe obesity (BMI ≥120% of the 95th percentile or ≥35 kg/m2) were more likely to experience weight-based teasing by their peers, be encouraged by their parents to diet, have lower self-esteem and body satisfaction, and engage in binge eating habits. These issues may lower quality of life, increase weight gain, and reduce the effectiveness of lifestyle and behavioral interventions for managing obesity.

Bauer et al., Childhood Obesity, 2017

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