Psychosocial factors associated with depressive mood in Israeli obese adolescents

Michal Yackobovitch-Gavan, Revital Meshy-Tamir, Nessia Nagelberg, Moshe Phillip, Joseph Meyerovitch*

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This study aimed to compare levels of depressive symptoms between normal-weight and obese Israeli adolescents and to identify sociodemographic factors that may explain differences in depression between these groups. Thirty normal-weight and 49 obese patients aged 12-18 years participated in this study. The obese group had a significantly higher depression score. On linear regression analysis, obesity, lower parental income, and lower self-esteem were significantly associated with a higher depression score. This model explained 32.4 percent of the variance. The results indicate that psychosocial assessment and identification of depressive signs should be considered integral components in the management of adolescent obesity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574-584
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • adolescence
  • body image
  • depression
  • obesity
  • sociodemographic variables


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