Thursday, June 17, 2010

Exploring the Links Between Depression and Weight Gain

“In a society enamored with thinness, many assume that being fat is depressing — that if there is a cause and effect relationship, it’s obesity that makes people feel down. But ‘there is an alternative explanation,’ said Belinda L. Needham, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, ‘and that is that being depressed actually makes you gain weight.’ Her new study found that young people who reported symptoms of depression like...

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