The present study has been carried out to see the effect of obesity on neurotic depression among obese adolescent boys. For present study, 200 obese adolescent boys (Av. age 13.25 yrs.) and 200 normal weight adolescent boys (Av. age 14.12 yrs.) from various govt. and private schools of Chhattisgarh were selected to serve as sample for the present study. The criteria for selection of subjects was based on WHO (1995) classification of body mass index (BMI) which BMI between 18.0-24.99 is considered to be normal weight while BMI >30 is considered to be obese. To assess neurotic depression, Jodhpur Multiphasic Personality Inventory prepared by Joshi and Malik (1981) was preferred. This inventory consist of 283 items and its psychoneurotic scale consist of 12 items i.e. anxiety, phobia, obsessive-compulsive reaction, conversion reaction, hysteria dissociate, neurotic depression, neurosthenia, social intraversion and awareness scale. Scores on neurotic depression was taken into account for the present study. Results reveal that obese adolescent have low stress tolerance, rigid conscience development and more magnitude of proneness to guilty feeling as compared to normal weight adolescent boys (t=12.19, p<.01). Therefore it may be concluded that obesity is the major cause of neurotic depression in adolescent boys.
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Sheikh Shahid. A Study of Neurotic Depression Associated with Obesity. Int. J. Ad. Social Sciences. 2017; 5(4):202-204.