Sunday, December 12, 2010

Treating Women's Depression Might Help Them Lose Weight

For many women coping with obesity and depression, new research finds that improving your mood might be the link to losing weight.

The new study, which appears in the November/December issue of the journal General Hospital Psychiatry, cites past surveys that show having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more - classified as obese - increases a person's risk of depression by 50 percent to 150 percent.

"I expect that the relationship between depression and physical activity goes in both directions," said lead author Gregory Simon, M.D., of Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. "Increased physical activity leads to improvement in depression and improvement in depression leads to increased physical activity. We see in our study that they go together, but we can't say which causes which."

Simon and his colleagues evaluated 203 women ages 40 to 65 with an average BMI of 38.3. Participants underwent baseline tests to measure their weight, depression score, physical activity and food intake.

They placed the women into two treatment groups - one focused on weight loss and the other focused on both weight loss and depression. Both interventions included up to 26 group sessions over 12 months, and researchers followed up on participants at six, 12 and 24 months after enrollment.


Source and More:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/211064.php

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