Weight Gain Linked to Depression

Posted on August 31, 2010

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Studies have shown that depression can cause weight gain. A recent study by professors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham showed that people who felt depressed gained weight faster in a period of 15 years, when compared with people who felt happier.

In a New York Times health article, Dr. Belinda L. Needham, assistant professor at the University of Alabama, said that “when you’re depressed, you tend to be inactive and not exercise as much, and you tend to eat more.” She also said that stress increases the risk of both depression and obesity by increasing fat storage. Many people think that weight gain makes people depressed, but this study suggests that it’s the other way around – that high stress levels and sadness can cause weight gain.

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