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Belly fat increases anxiety and depression in men
Monday, August 02, 2004 10:02 am Email this article
"[M]en with abdominal obesity have symptoms of depression and anxiety," concludes a recent study from Sweden.
Men with a waist-to-hip ratio of greater than 1—that is their waist was bigger than their hips—were found to have more depression and more anxiety than men with a waist-to-hip ratio of less than 1.
The study involved 59 middle-aged men, of which roughly half had a waist-to-hip ratio of greater than 1, and half less than 1.
Ahlberg A, Ljung T, Rosmond R, Mcewen B, Holm G, Akesson H, Bjorntorp P. Depression and anxiety symptoms in relation to anthropometry and metabolism in men. Psychiatry Res. 2002 Oct 10, 112(2):101-10.
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Department of Psychiatry
Sahlgrenska University Hospital
University of Goteborg,
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