Pediatric Obesity, Depression Connected in the Brain

Pediatric Obesity, Depression Connected in the Brain

Early-life obesity and depression may be driven by shared abnormalities in brain regions that process rewards, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Their findings, which will be published online April 23 in Hormones and Behavior , are based on brain MRI scans of children and teenagers ages 9-17 who struggled with depressive symptoms and maintaining a healthy weight. The study is the first to document how concurrent obesity and depression are reflected in the brain in this age group. Young people who had both conditions had low volumes in two of the brain's...

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