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Adolescents' Grades, Well-Being Suffer Along With Body Image

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Teens and Adolescents

Teens who consider themselves overweight may have a greater risk for depression and school-related stress.

A new study of nearly 7,000 Chinese adolescents found that boys and girls who felt they were fat were more likely to report being overwhelmed by schoolwork and less likely to shake off sad feelings. Those feelings of stress and depression also held true for children who were actually normal weight or underweight.

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"Weight perception may actually transcend actual body weight as a predictor of negative psychological effects," said lead researcher Bin Xie, M.D.

Xie, an assistant research professor at the school of social work at the University of Southern California, said the study underscores the need to incorporate body-image education in efforts to prevent teenage obesity.

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