Depression and Weight Gain

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Depression and weight gain frequently co-occur. It becomes a vicious cycle when you eat out of boredom, loneliness, isolation or any number of emotional reasons and you gain weight. A British study recently looked at the link between depression and weight gain. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about the studys results in todays 60 Second Housecall.

People who suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders are more likely to gain weight over time and become obese than people who dont.

British researchers observed more than 4,000 people for almost 20 years to look at the impact of mental health on obesity.

People with symptoms of one or more mental disorders during the study were twice as likely to be obese at the final screening as people who never reported such symptoms.

Study participants were between the ages of 35 and 55 when enrolled in the mid- to late-1980s.

Mental health and physical examinations were conducted at study entry and at three other time points over an average follow- up of 19 years.

People who had symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems at the start of the study were more likely than those who did not to become obese over time. But obesity did not significantly increase the risk for depression, anxiety or other mental health disorders, as other studies have shown.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.