An international team of scientists from Australia and the UK claim that they have found the strongest ever found evidence of the link between obesity and depression, according to a study published yesterday, quoted by Xinhua and # 39 ; to take over by Agerpres.
Research from the University of South Australia (UniSA) and the University of Exeter, the UK, reveals that the mental impact of obesity can cause depression.
Scientists analyzed medical data from 48,000 British patients diagnosed with depression, compared to information from a management group of 290,000 people.
Elina Hypponen, chief researcher at UniSA, said her team was using a genomic approach in this research. "We have separated the psychological component of obesity from the effect of obesity-related health problems using genes related to higher body mass index (BMI) but with low risk of illness, such as diabetes, "explained Elina in a statement issued yesterday.
"These genes have been so depressed as those that are associated with higher BMI and diabetes, which suggests that overweight can cause depression, with and without related health problems, especially for women, "added the researcher.
"The current global epidemic of obesity is a major concern. Our study shows that hypertension not only increases the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease but can lead to depression, "says Hypponen.
Someone is considered obese if weighs more than 20% more than an ideal one.
According to the Australian Institute for Health and Wellbeing (AIHW), almost two thirds of Australians were overweight or obese in 2014-2015.
Surprisingly, researchers have found that very weak men are at increased risk of depression compared to women under pressure or normal men.