Is Obesity Linked to Depression?

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The stereotype of the “jolly fat person” may be nothing more than a figment of cultural imagination, according to Dr. Gregory Simon, a researcher with Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, a large nonprofit health plan in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Simon’s study of more than 9,000 adults, published in the July issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, found that mood and anxiety disorders including depression were about 25 percent more common in the obese people studied than in the non-obese.

Conversely, obese people were about 25 percent less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol than slimmer participants.

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