Navigation Links
Depression, Obesity Coexist in Many Middle-Aged Women
Date:1/14/2008

Those 40 to 65 twice as likely to find either symptom fuels the other, study suggests

MONDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and depression often go hand-in-hand in middle-aged women, a new U.S. study found.

The research collected information on the height, weight, dietary and exercise habits, and body image of 4,641 women, ages 40 to 65, enrolled in a health plan. The women also completed a questionnaire used to measure depression symptoms.

Women with clinical depression were more than twice as likely to be obese (a body mass index of 30 or more), and obese women were more than twice as likely to be depressed, the study found.

It also found that women with BMIs of 30 or higher exercised the least, had the poorest body image, and consumed 20 percent more calories than women with lower BMIs.

The link between obesity and depression remained intact even when the researchers factored in marital status, education, tobacco use and antidepressant use.

The study was published in the January/February issue of the journal General Hospital Psychiatry.

It's likely that depression and obesity fuel one another, said lead author Dr. Gregory Simon, a psychiatrist and researcher at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle.

"When people gain weight, they're more likely to become depressed, and when they get depressed, they have more trouble losing weight," he said in a prepared statement.

The stigma of being overweight can damage self-esteem and efforts to lose weight.

"It's not that these women are clueless. It's that they're hopeless," said Simon, who suggested that if obese women focus on rebuilding their self esteem, it may help them lose weight.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about women and depression.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Center for the Advancement of Health, news release, Jan. 11, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Hot ice, measuring depression, perfect invisibility and flu vaccine incentives
2. Diet Drug Rimonabant Tied to Depression, Anxiety
3. Smaller babies more prone to depression, anxiety later on
4. Virus Could Help Drive Obesity
5. Surgery for severe obesity saves lives
6. Obesity Doesnt Always Equal Diabetes
7. Obesity Rate in U.S. Still Climbing
8. Treating diabetes during pregnancy can break link to childhood obesity
9. ZIP codes and property values predict obesity rates
10. High and mighty: first common height gene identified by researchers behind obesity gene finding
11. Research Links TV/Video Game Playing With Child Obesity; Health Experts Back a New Approach
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Ross A. Clevens, MD, ... to welcome a new addition to their growing practice. Beginning this month, Teresa ... nurse practitioner performing cosmetic procedures including injectables, fillers and laser treatments. ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Steven Douglas Associates is a ... Florida Event, an upscale fundraiser held in South Florida. The Inaugural What’s Your Taste ... This year the event will be held in a new, more causal format at ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... ... production of its newest mobility device, the StandUp Walker. Made entirely in the ... in the last 50 years. , StandUp Walker’s novel patent-pending design offers 2-in-1 ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Springs, FL (PRWEB) , ... February 09, 2016 ... ... leading innovative specialty pharmacies, announces today the continuation of the ‘Pay It Forward’ ... for each prescription referral received at our specialty pharmacy. , “Since our ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... stores, announced it has raised $176,000 to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, ... at the University of Iowa, The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, and Masonic ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... , Feb. 9, 2016 On ... Administration (FDA) met with its Arthritis Advisory ... biosimilar of Johnson & Johnson,s Remicade and ... approved in the U.S. The Biologics Prescribers ... groups - Alliance for Patient Access, American ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Calif. , Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Nevro ... company that is providing innovative evidence-based solutions for the ... release financial results for the fourth quarter and full ... 29, 2016. Company management will host a conference call ... Time) on Monday, February 29, 2016. www.nevro.com ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... 9, 2016  Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... today reported its fourth quarter and full year ... vivo therapeutic genome editing," said Edward Lanphier, ... finger nuclease (ZFN) technology leads the therapeutic genome ... competencies necessary to move our ground-breaking genome editing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: