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Study Examines Mental Health Issues Associated With Weight Loss

August 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A British study of nearly 2,000 people aged 50 or over found that losing weight doesn’t always improve a person’s mood. The researchers acknowledge that depression and weight gain can have the same root cause, and weight loss certainly does not cause depression. But they found that people who had lost five percent or more of their body weight over four years were physically healthier, but were more depressed than those who stayed closer to their original weight. After controlling for factors like health issues and serious life issues (e.g., bereavement), the increased odds of depression after at least five percent weight loss remained a significant 52 percent.
Sarah E. Jackson et al., "Psychological Changes following Weight Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults: A Prospective Cohort Study. ", PLoS ONE, August 07, 2014, © Jackson et al.
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