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Childhood obesity and depression: 2020–2022


As obesity continues to remains an immense challenge to mitigate effectively, efforts to untangle its determinants continue, especially those that may exacerbate or impact childhood obesity, and its predictable and well established negative health impacts. Studied for many years in various spheres, the role played by depression has been discussed for some time in this regard, especially in light of COVID-19 pandemic imperatives and their long term mental health effects on youth. This mini review discusses some of these current ideas and related observations regarding, and whether more emphasis on fostering mental health among youth is indicated in efforts to effectively attenuate the onset and spread of childhood obesity into adulthood. Extracted from current literature, it is concluded that this is a topic of significance, but one requiring more acceptance and recognition, plus dedicated sustainable collaborative goals and supportive efforts.


childhood obesity, depression, mental health, intervention, stress