Treating obesity benefits children's mental health

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Treating obesity in children and adolescents improves self-esteem and body image, according to an analysis of all relevant studies published to date. The analysis, which is published in Pediatric Obesity, included 64 studies.

Losing weight appeared important for achieving improvements in but not .

"Our findings are encouraging as they show that pediatric obesity treatment can improve psychological as well as weight-related outcomes," said lead author Megan Gow, Ph.D., of the University of Sydney, in Australia.

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More information: Megan L. Gow et al, Pediatric obesity treatment, self‐esteem, and body image: A systematic review with meta‐analysis, Pediatric Obesity (2020). DOI: 10.1111/ijpo.12600
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