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UCSD researchers find link between teen obesity, depression

Researchers at UC San Diego found that obesity in teen girls is a risk factor for symptoms of depression, but not clinical depression, it was announced Monday.

According to the researchers at UCSD’s School of Medicine, the study suggests weight status could play a part in the development of depression in some adolescent girls.

“This is important, because depressive symptoms are considered a precursor to major depression,” said Kerri Boutelle, associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at UCSD.

The study was based on responses to a psychiatric interview test from about 500 girls between 13 and 16 years old.

The results appear in the current issue of Health Psychology.