By On May 20th, 2009

Obesity more likely to be associated with depression in women

According to findings recently discussed at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, women who are obese may be more likely to be depressed than men. According to the findings, women are 3.9 times more likely to be depressed when struggling with obesity. Conversely, men were only 2.54 times as likely to be depressed when obese. Tuan-Anh Nguyen, M.D., M.P.H., of Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, Ariz., and author of the study, suggested that the difference may be due to the social pressures that women encounter with more frequency to be fit. Julio Licinio, M.D. of the University of Miami, and program committee member at the conference, suggested that a biological explanation could also be at the source of the findings. “Depression tends to be a disease predominantly of women — the ratio of women to men is 2:1…” he said. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses the study further.

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