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Mental disorders in obese.

Consider a psychiatric component when treating obese children, said Dr. Gilbert Vila of Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, Paris, and associates.

In a study of 155 obese children aged 5-17 years, 88 (57%) had a DSM-IV diagnosis. At least one anxiety disorder was diagnosed in 63 children. Another 25 children were diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders, and 19 were diagnosed with affective disorders (Psychosom. Med. 66[3]:387-94, 2004).

The children were assessed using two self-reports and the Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia. There was no association between severity of obesity and the presence of psychopathology, but the data suggested that psychopathology in obese children was highly correlated with that of their parents.
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Title Annotation:Clinical Capsules
Author:Splete, Heidi
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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