Psychiatric, psychological, and familial parameters in childhood obesity

Daniel Stein, Yael Latzer, Laurel Edmunds, Silvana Fennig, Moria Golan, Eitan Gur, Ze'ev Hochberg, Diane Levin-Zamir, Eynat Zubery, Phyllis Speiser

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The current review focuses on an updated critical analysis of the most relevant psychiatric and psychosocial issues in childhood overweight issues. It is rooted on a comprehensive systematic literature search from PUBMED, PSYCHLIT, PSYCHINFO, and ERIC from 1991-2010. A rise in the prevalence of childhood overweight issues has occurred in Western and non-Western countries around the globe during the last three decades. Overweight issues in children and adolescents may be associated with psychological and social problems such as reduced school and social performance, less favorable quality of life, societal victimization and peer teasing, lower self-and body-esteem, and neuropsychological dysfynctioning. Whereas community samples of obese youngsters do not show elevated psychopathology, clinically referred overweight children have elevated depression, anxiety, behavior problems and disordered eating. Parents' perceptions of their children being overweight highly influence how a child perceives himself. Obese youngsters often share the overall negative perception of their normal-weight peers about being overweight.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPathways to Obesity and Main Roads to Recovery
EditorsP. Vinai
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781611227406
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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