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Being too skinny more depressing for teen boys than being overweight, study finds

Written by: QMI Agency
Jan. 13, 2014

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Teen boys who think they're too skinny are more likely to be depressed as teens and adults than boys who think they're overweight, a new U.S. study has found.

Boys who thought they were very underweight, but were actually average weight or higher, reported the highest level of depressive symptoms. The findings were still true when the participants were 30 years old.

Boys who say they are underweight are also more likely to turn to steroids, a second study in the American Psychological Association journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity found.

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Lead researcher on both studies, Aaron Blashill of the Harvard Medical School, said the results show it is not just teen girls who struggle to meet unrealistic body image goals.

"We found that some of these boys who feel they are unable to achieve that often unattainable image are suffering and may be taking drastic measures," Blashill said.

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