Depression and Teen Body Composition Inversely Linked

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A Baylor College of Medicine study has shown that teens suffering from major depressive disorders (MDD) may have more severe depression depending on their body composition. Those who have a (SSRI) and body composition.

Teens between 15 and 20 took part in the study. All of these participants were deemed medically healthy, but none were on medication or would begin taking an SSRI within a month. Researchers accounted for factors such as diet, activity level, gender, and age. Once these factors were removed, data supported the inverse association. Body weight tended to drop in those with severe MDD, while teens taking an SSRI tended to gain weight over a period of time.

These findings were published in Pediatrics on June 16, 2017.

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