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Weight indices, cognition, and mental health from childhood to early adolescence

JAMA Pediatrics

Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

About The Study: Lower cognitive performance and greater psychopathology at baseline were associated with increased weight gain as children entered adolescence, and higher baseline body mass index was associated with more depressive symptoms over time. These longitudinal findings highlight the importance of cognitive and mental health to children’s healthy weight development and suggest that clinicians should monitor children with overweight or obesity for increased depression problems.

Corresponding Author: To contact the corresponding author, Tamara Hershey, Ph.D., email

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