Overweight teenagers more prone to suicidal thoughts

Teenagers who are overweight or obese are twice as likely to have considered suicide than those of a normal weight, UK research suggests.

The study found that obese teenagers had the highest prevalence of suicidal ideation at 26.8 per cent, twice that of normal weight teenagers.

The researchers, from the University of Liverpool, concluded that being overweight or obese may be a significant risk factor for suicidal ideation in adolescences of both sexes.

The findings were presented today at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual conference in Liverpool.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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