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4 Your Health: recommendations on depression; obese children not lightening up

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The American Academy Of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines on teen depression.

The group reports all kids over the age of 12 should undergo depression screening during regular wellness check ups. If necessary, pediatricians should offer treatment plan options, as well as a treatment team, that includes the patient, the patient's family, and access to mental health education and experts.

The guidelines also recommend developing a safety plan as needed, including restrictions on any firearms in the home.

Healthy eating to fight depression

A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains may lead to lower rates of depression.

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found people who adhered to the "Dash" diet to lower high blood pressure, were less likely to develop depression over time.

The Dash diet also recommends fat-free or low-fat dairy products and limiting sugar and processed foods.

Childhood obesity still on the rise

The childhood obesity epidemic shows no signs of slowing.

A new study from Duke finds rates of obesity have increased in all age groups, from age 2 through 19. 41 percent of teens are classified as obese by high school. And young black and Hispanic children, as well as teenagers, had significantly higher rates of obesity than white and Asian youth.

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