Body mass index, depression, and suicidality: The role of self-esteem in bariatric surgery candidates.
Highlights •3101 bariatric surgery candidates. •Self-esteem mediated the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and depression. •The relationship between BMI and suicidality was mediated by self-esteem. •The mediated pathways were stronger for males, than for females. •Findings may be used to optimize depression and interventions.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 15-19. Research has established an association across numerous risk factors and suicide, including depression, substance abuse, bullying victimization, and feelings of alienation. However, the connection between disordered eating as manifested in extreme weight-control behaviors (EWCB), and suicidal thoughts, ideation, and attempts among adolescents is […]