Navigation Links
Obesity and Depression: A Vicious Circle?
Date:3/1/2010

Study finds that one encourages the other, but early intervention can help

MONDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- There appears to be a back-and-forth link between depression and obesity, say researchers who reviewed the findings of 15 studies that included nearly 59,000 people.

"We found bidirectional associations between depression and obesity: obese persons had a 55 percent increased risk of developing depression over time, whereas depressed persons had a 58 percent increased risk of becoming obese," wrote Dr. Floriana S. Luppino, of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues.

Further analyses found that the link between obesity and later depression was stronger among Americans than among Europeans, and stronger among people diagnosed with depression than in those with depression symptoms.

There are a number of theories about how obesity and depression may be linked, the researchers said:

  • Obesity may be considered an inflammatory condition and inflammation is associated with risk of depression.
  • Thinness is a beauty ideal in both Europe and the United States, so being overweight or obese may contribute to body dissatisfaction and low self-esteem that increases the risk of depression.
  • Depression may play a role in weight gain through interference with the endocrine system or due to adverse effects of antidepressant drugs.

The findings, published in the March issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, can help improve patient care, the researchers said.

"Because weight gain appears to be a late consequence of depression, care providers should be aware that within depressive patients weight should be monitored," they said. "In overweight or obese patients, mood should be monitored. This awareness could lead to prevention, early detection and co-treatment for the ones at risk, which could ultimately reduce the burden of both conditions."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about depression.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, March 1, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Virus Could Help Drive Obesity
2. Surgery for severe obesity saves lives
3. Obesity Doesnt Always Equal Diabetes
4. Obesity Rate in U.S. Still Climbing
5. Treating diabetes during pregnancy can break link to childhood obesity
6. ZIP codes and property values predict obesity rates
7. High and mighty: first common height gene identified by researchers behind obesity gene finding
8. Research Links TV/Video Game Playing With Child Obesity; Health Experts Back a New Approach
9. UT Southwesterns obesity research receives $22 million NIH Roadmap grant
10. Genaera Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Board for Obesity Drug Candidate Trodusquemine (MSI-1436)
11. Cities Say Restaurant Nutrition Information Crucial in Fighting Obesity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 , ... A new ... the world. The Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) and analytics leader SAS will provide ... patient data collected by the Duke University Health System. , The DCRI and ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... , ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... 2016. SS&A teamed up with one of the top website design companies to ... contains informative legal articles related to the law firm's main practice areas. These ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... NC (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 , ... Francesca ... N.C., changed her life forever with a same-day LASIK procedure at Christenbury ... poor eyesight. Dr. Jonathan Christenbury performed her surgery the same day as her in-office ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 04, 2016 , ... Advanced Spine & Sport Medical Rehabilitation Center, which is ... hosting a free seminar on stem cell injections. The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, ... 4601 Telephone Road, Suite 110, Ventura, CA. There are only 10 seats available. ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... powerful cellular therapy software application that helps blood and marrow transplant (BMT) programs ... Transtem’s initial launch, Mediware has continued to enhance core application features. These enhancements ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... New Jersey , May 4, 2016 ... its successful completion of an alternative public offering (APO). ... wholly owned operating company, Valeritas, Inc. and a private ... common stock at $5.00 per share. Under ... on May 3, 2016, Valeritas Holdings, Inc. will trade ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... 4, 2016 Research ... "Global Actinic Keratosis Market and Competitive Landscape ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ... Competitive Landscape Highlights 2016, provides comprehensive insights ... epidemiology, Actinic Keratosis market valuations and forecast, ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has ... Cell Therapy Market Outlook 2020" report to their ... , ,Recombinant technology has improved significantly in past years ... developed in coming years. Many cancer drugs have been ... therapies are also expected to be developed with its ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: