Journal article

Overweight and obesity in childhood and risk of mental disorder: a 20-year cohort study

Kristy Sanderson, George C Patton, Charlotte McKercher, Terence Dwyer, Alison J Venn

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2011


OBJECTIVE: Very little is known about whether overweight and obese children have long-term risk for mental health problems. This study examined the association between overweight and obesity in childhood and DSM-IV mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders in young adulthood. METHOD: Participants in a national Australian school survey when aged 7-15 years in 1985 were re-interviewed 20 years later as young adults aged 26-36 years (1135 women, 1108 men). Body mass index (BMI) was calculated from measured height and weight in childhood and adulthood. Children were classified as overweight or obese based on a BMI ≥85th centile for age and sex-specific height and weight. Obesity in adulthood wa..

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Awarded by National Health & Medical Research Council

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the study sponsors Sanitarium, ASICS and Target, and the contributions of all study staff and participants.Declaration of interest : The Childhood Determinants of Adult Health study was funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council (ID 211316), the National Heart Foundation, the Tasmanian Community Fund and Veolia Environmental Services. Kristy Sanderson was supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT991524). The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of the paper.