Depression, family support, and body mass index in Mexican adolescents

  • Kelsey Caetano-Anolles University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Margarita Teran-Garcia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Marcela Raffaelli Department of Human and Community Development College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Brenda Alvarado Sánchez Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
  • Miguel René Mellado-Garrido Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Keywords: BMI, Depression, Family Support, Youth

Abstract

The relationship between depressive symptomatology and elevated Body Mass Index (BMI), and between family support and low BMI is controversial. There are unanswered questions about the relationship between these three variables We tested the hypothesis that positive family support mediates the association between depression and bodyweight responsible for overweight and obesity in Mexican youth. We explored if family support correlated with depression and if depressive symptomatology correlated with obesity. Our results indicate that the relationship between depression and family support was significant (r = -0.44, p = 0.004). A significant relationship between depression and BMI was found only in women. When family support is included into the equation, the effect of depression on BMI disappeared. This observation indicates family support is a partial mediator between depression and obesity in adolescents. Our results are important and prompt an extended analysis of likely causative links between psychosocial parameters and health descriptors.

Author Biographies

Kelsey Caetano-Anolles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B. S. Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Margarita Teran-Garcia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant Professior

Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition. Division of Nutritional Sciences

Affiliate to Department of Psychology

Marcela Raffaelli, Department of Human and Community Development College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. in Psychology (Human Development), University of Chicago; Professor, Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brenda Alvarado Sánchez, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Bioquímico por la UASLP, Maestra y Doctora en Ciencias Biomédicas Básicas por la Facultad de Medicina de la UASLP. Profesora Investigadora de Tiempo Completo de la UASLP. Responsable del Laboratorio de Investigación Biomédica de la UAMZH-UASLP.
Miguel René Mellado-Garrido, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Médico Cirujano y Partero por la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla con 36 años de servicio en la práctica clínica. Sub-Director Médico de la Clínica Hospital ISSSTE de Cd. Valles, S.L.P. 1980-1987. Coordinador del Centro Médico Universitario desde 2005 a la fecha.
Published
2013-06-07
How to Cite
Caetano-Anolles, K., Teran-Garcia, M., Raffaelli, M., Alvarado Sánchez, B., & Mellado-Garrido, M. R. (2013). Depression, family support, and body mass index in Mexican adolescents. Revista Interamericana De Psicologia/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 47(1). https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v47i1.210