A recent study revealed that people who suffer from depression are more likely to be overweight, but obese people would be more prone to depression than their peers with normal weight.
In spite of the existence of a relationship between depression and weight gain, but the relationship is not clear enough, according to the researchers reported in the University of Alabama in this study.
To determine the relationship between depression and increased body mass index, the researchers examined data on the evolution of the study of the risks of coronary artery for young children, a study spanned over 20 years and included more than 5,100 men and women aged between 18 and 30 years.
The researchers found that over 15 years has increased the weight of all the study subjects, some of pounds, but those who were depressed increased their weight faster
The researcher involved in the study, Belinda Needham, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, in a press release published by the university recently, “those who have begun reporting positive for high rates of depression increased their weight at a faster rate than others in the study, but the start of the increase in weight did not lead to a change in state of depression. ”
Because of stress hormone, cortisol, is linked to depression and abdominal obesity, Needham researcher , believes that the high rates might explain why the increase in abdominal fat in people who suffer from depression.
Needham explained, “our study are important for you if you are keen to ward off the risk of weight gain, and get rid of the risk of diseases associated with obesity in the end, it is important to treat depression.”
She added: “It (the study) is another reason to take depression seriously and not to limit the scope of thinking about it in mental health, because we must think about the physical effects of mental health problems.”