A Viscious Circle

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A Viscious Circle
Thu, 03-04-2010 - 4:09pm

Obesity and Depression: A Vicious Circle?

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.

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In reply to: cmamyd
Fri, 03-05-2010 - 11:25am

It is a viscious circle and I can certainly understand the possible link between the two.

I have fibromyalgia and CMP. I've been on medications that made me gain weight and been on an anti-depressant; fortunately I'm no longer taking the medications. I've gone from not being able to keep weight on no matter how much I ate (then being questioned by my doctor about eating disorders) to gaining weight for no apparent reason. It is a constant battle and hard at times to maintain a positive attitude and not become depressed and just give up.


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