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Men with panic attacks are 50% more likely to be overweight
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People with certain psychological disorders are more likely to be overweight according to a new study from researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism division of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Panic Disorder
Men with panic attacks 50% more likely to be overweight
Men with panic disorder are 50 percent more likely to be overweight than men without this disorder.
Panic attacks may indicate underlying heart disease or type 2 diabetes
Because of similar symptoms, panic disorder in men may indicate underlying cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes according to the authors.
Panic disorder defined
Panic disorder is defined on Wikipedia as “a diagnosed psychiatric mental condition characterised by reoccurring panic attacks and either significant behavioural change or at least a month of ongoing worry about the implications or concern about having other attacks.”
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Women with antisocial personality disorder 50% more likely to be overweight, 90% more likely to have extreme obesity
Women with antisocial personality disorder are 50 percent more likely to be overweight and 90 percent more likely to be extremely obese.
Antisocial personality disorder defined
Antisocial personality disorder is defined on Wikipedia as “a psychiatric condition characterized by an individual’s common disregard for social rules, norms, and cultural codes, as well as impulsive behavior, and indifference to the rights and feelings of others.”
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Women with avoidant personality disorder 70% more likely to be extremely obese
Women with avoidant personality disorder are 70 percent more likely to be extremely obese.
Avoidant personality disorder defined
Antisocial personality disorder is defined on Wikipedia as “a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation and avoiding social interaction. People with avoidant personality disorder often consider themselves to be socially inept or personally unappealing, and avoid social interaction for fear of being ridiculed, humiliated, or disliked. They typically present themselves as loners and report feeling a sense of alienation from society.”
Pickering R, Grant BF, Chou SP, Compton W. Are overweight, obesity, and extreme obesity associated with psychopathology? Results from the national epidemiologic survey on alcohol and related conditions. J Clin Psychiatry. 2007 Jul, 68(7):998-1009.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Biometry
Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD 20892-9034, USA
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