Depression May Worsen Obesity – Part 2 of 3
Among other things, the researchers wanted to build out if depressed people were more likely to have larger waist circumferences and a higher BMI, and how that changed over time. They found that over a 15-year period, all the subjects put on some pounds, but those who were depressed gained weight faster.
And “Those who started out reporting grave levels of depression gained weight at a faster rate than others in the study, but starting out overweight did not lead to changes in depression,” said study co-author Belinda Needham, an aide professor of sociology, in a university press release. Since the stress hormone cortisol is related to depression and abdominal obesity, Needham speculated that elevated levels might clarify why depressed people tend to gain more belly fat.