Summary #1410

Teen dislike of physical appearance strong predictor of depression in early adulthood

bmj.com
  • Teens unhappy about their looks are up to 285% more likely to develop depression later in life.
  • This finding comes from a long-term study of ~4000 children born in 1991/2.
  • At age 14, both boys and girls were mildly satisfied with their bodies, but girls were more dissatisfied.
  • Body dissatisfaction at 14 predicted depressive episodes at 18, with the boys at much greater risk of severe depressive episodes.
  • Study authors conclude that body dissatisfaction should be seen as a public health issue, and reducing it could lead to better mental health outcomes for young adults.

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