NUTRITION RESEARCH PROJECTSDietary Patterns Vary by Depressive Symptom Severity in Youth With Depressive DisordersPerez, Leanna F. PhD; Gracious, Barbara L. MD; Miller, Carla K. PhD, RDAuthor Information Department of Human Sciences, Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University, Columbus (Drs Perez and Miller); and Department of Psychiatry, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus (Dr Gracious). Correspondence: Leanna F. Perez, PhD, Department of Human Sciences, Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University, 1787 Neil Ave, 325 Campbell Hall, Columbus, OH 43210 (email@example.com). The authors thank Margaret Savoca and Mary Fristad for their contributions to the development of the MPT interview and the study design. Additional thanks to the Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) Clinical Research Services, the NCH Outpatient lab, and The Ohio State University Human Sciences department for their support of this research.This work was supported by The Ohio State University Center for Integrative Health and Wellness (grant number 013001), The Ohio State University Department of Human Sciences (grant numbers 202911, 312342) and The Ohio State University Center for Advanced Function Foods Research and Entrepreneurship (grant number 56560-550057).The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Topics in Clinical Nutrition: October/December 2019 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 - p 287-300 doi: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000186 Buy Metrics Abstract The aim of the study was to characterize dietary patterns by depressive symptom severity in adolescents. Youth aged 13 to 17 years clinically diagnosed with a depressive disorder (n = 30) completed a dietary interview, food frequency questionnaire, and phlebotomy. Rating scales and questionnaires assessed depression severity and comorbid behavioral disorders. Results found that habitual eating patterns varied among participant subgroups by depression severity. In-school versus summer break status further affected eating patterns within subgroups. Results support the need for dietary assessment and monitoring of youth who are depressed. Future clinical interventions should be conducted to determine whether dietary changes could improve nutritional status and psychological outcomes in youth with depression. © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.