Tornar-se obeso na adolescência pode trazer consequências à saúde mental?

Translated title of the contribution: Can teenage obesity affect mental health?

Maria Cecília Formoso Assunĉão, Ludmila Correa Muniz, Antônio Augusto Schäfer, Fernanda de Oliveira Meller, Juliana Pires Carús, Lenice de Castro Muniz de Quadros, Lídice Rodrigues Domingues, Vera Lúcia Schmidt da Silva, Helen Gonçalves, Pedro Curi Hallal, Ana Maria Baptista Menezes

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This study evaluated the association between obesity and emotional and behavioral difficulties in adolescents. We studied 4,325 individuals 11 to 15 years of age who were members of the 1993 birth cohort in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. Information on body mass index (BMI), maternal assessment of the adolescents' emotional and behavioral health (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire - SDQ), and sociodemographic and behavioral characteristics were used. Gender-stratified analyses were conducted with simple and multivariate linear regression. In the adjusted analysis, obesity only correlated with total SDQ scores in boys. Among the latter, teenage obesity was associated with higher scores on the subscale of relational problems with peers. Given current knowledge on the future implications of obesity and mental health and in dealing with adolescents, studies on gender differences in adolescence may contribute to understanding such associations.

Translated title of the contributionCan teenage obesity affect mental health?
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)1859-1866
Number of pages8
JournalCadernos de Saude Publica
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent behavior
  • Mental health
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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