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Link between obesity and depression confirmed

June 9, 2010

A new UAB study confirming the relationship between depression and abdominal obesity and linking it to an increased risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease appears in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health.“Those who started out reporting high 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 Assistant Professor of Sociology Belinda Needham, Ph.D.