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Obesity associated with more depression in women, less depression in men
Thursday, May 13, 2004 3:53 pm Email this article
Major depression is associated with obesity in women, but the opposite in men. Obesity in women is associated with a 37 percent increase in major depression whereas in men, obesity was associated with a 37 percent decrease in major depression according to researchers at Columbia University.
WOMEN: OBESITY RELATED TO MAJOR DEPRESSION
Among women, obesity is related to major depression and thoughts of suicide.
MEN: MAJOR DEPRESSION RELATED TO LOWER BODY WEIGHT
Among men, a low body mass index (BMI) is associated with major depression, suicide attempts, and thoughts of suicide.
However, the question is, which causes which?
Does obesity cause depression in women and not in men? or does depression cause obesity in women and lower body weights in men?
I favor the idea that depression is the cause, and weight gain or weight loss is the result.
Carpenter K, Hasin D, Allison D, Faith M. Relationships between obesity and dsm-iv major depressive disorder, suicide ideation, and suicide attempts: results from a general population study. Am J Public Health. 2000 Feb, 90(2):251-57.
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On May 18, 2004 at 3:38 pm robert skversky m.d. wrote:
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larry, are you aware of any clinical studies that show increasing weight in women associated with lower serotonin levels and resultant increase in depression, CHO cravings, migraine, PMS and IBS? Many of these symptoms are improved/relieved with the addition of SSRI's or of pondimin/redux (in the past) thanks, dr s
On May 18, 2004 at 3:57 pm Larry Hobbs wrote:
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I'll check and see what I can find.
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