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Kate Dean
Mattie Quesenberry Smith
English 100
7 May 2014
Elissa J elalian, PhD., Kristin Long PhD. Pediatric obesity and mental health: Assessment and
treatment. The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter. Vol. 29, No. 7. J uly
2013. Pg. 3-6. Ebsco. May 29, 2014.
This article examines the increasing incidents of pediatric obesity in children ages 2-19. The
mental and physical health as well as the overall quality of life of individuals is analyzed to see
how it related to their obesity. Weight related assessments were divided into three categories;
weight related medical or physical risk; weight history; current weight related behaviors; and
motivation to engage in weight related treatment. The assessments were done through both
interviewing patients and documenting their habits concerning weight. Both the individuals and
their families were assessed. This article explores ways of treating obesity with both physical
activity and self-awareness. A case study was done which analyzed an individuals depression
and how it is connected to her physical and social well-being. It was concluded that the
individuals obesity was a result of family related stress. Weight control options were needed for
each patient depending on the level of their social and mental activities. This article determined
that mental health not only suffers from excessive body weight, but also is a determining factor
in weight control.
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Amy van Grieken, Carry M. Renders, Anne I. Wijtzes, Remy A. Hirasing, Hein Raat.
Overweight, Obesity and Underweight is Associated with Adverse Psychosocial and Physical
Health Outcomes among 7-Year Old Children: The Be Active, Eat Right Study. PLOS ONE.
Vol. 8. No. 6. J une 25, 2013. Pg. 1-7. Ebsco. May 29, 2014.
In this article children suffering from obesity were evaluated along with their parents to
determine how their weight affects the treatment they receive from their peers. Data from the
Be active, eat right study was used. Heights and weights were measured at 5 and7 years and
parents reported on their childrens physical and psychological health outcomes. The study
determined that obese children were more likely to be bullied than children with a lower BMI.
The study also found that overweight children had a higher instance of visits to a General
Practitioner than children with a normal BMI. In conclusion, the study shows that obese children
are more likely to suffer health problems due to the psychological stress because of the way they
are treated by society.
Lucy J . Griffiths, Carol Dezateux, Andrew Hill. Is Obesity Associated with Emotional and
Behavioral Problems in Children? From the Millennium Cohort Study. International J ournal of
Pediatric Obesity. 2011. E423-e432. Ebsco. May 29, 2014.
Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between obesity and emotional and behavioral
problems were looked at in a nationally representative sample of children. Height and weight
were measured. Behavioral and emotional problems were assessed by the childrens parents,
using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. In this study obesity is focused on rather than
combining obese and overweight children. Data was collected and associations between obesity
and emotional and behavioral problems in preschool aged children were examined. In conclusion
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the study showed that conduct problems, hyperactivity, inattention problems, peer relationship
problems and total difficulties were much higher in obese children than their normal weight
peers.