Weight status, psychological health, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts in Dutch adolescents: results from the 2003 E-MOVO project

Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 May;18(5):1059-61. doi: 10.1038/oby.2009.334. Epub 2009 Oct 8.


This study describes the association between weight status and psychological health, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in adolescents from a population-based study of 21,730 adolescents who responded to a classroom-based internet questionnaire. It demonstrated clear associations between weight status in adolescents and poor psychological health, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, especially in obese individuals. Obese boys and girls were more likely to be classified as "psychologically unhealthy" than were normal weight subjects. They also reported more suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Weight*
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Netherlands
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Personality Inventory
  • Regression Analysis
  • Self Concept
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires