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CDC Examines Link Between Depression and Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 43 percent of adults with depression are obese, compared to 33 percent of adults who don’t suffer from depression. The link between depression and obesity is the focus of a new CDC data brief that used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005 through 2010. The survey found that in every age group, women with depression were more likely to be obese, and the proportion of obese adults rose as the severity of depressive symptoms increased. In addition, 55 percent of those taking antidepressant medication but still experiencing moderate to severe depressive symptoms also were obese. The study concludes that applying the information to patient care may help medical and mental health providers better plan prevention and treatment.