Local pediatricians are seeing an increase in obesity, depression and post-pandemic anxiety in children and teens. The alarming trend could have long-lasting impacts on kids’ health.
Children who experience obesity have a higher risk for depression.
According to a 2020 study in the journal BMC Pediatrics, “Youth with severe obesity have identifiable differences in psychosocial and behavioral attributes.”
Another study suggests children who are overweight or obese report more stress and eat in response to stress more often than kids at a normal weight.
Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic pediatricians Dr. Adrienne Collier and Dr. Christina Brown are seeing the problem of depression and obesity go “through the roof” when it comes to their patients.