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o Explain to patients who ask that obese persons have a 20% elevated risk of depression compared with those of normal weight, according to this study.

o Explain to patients who ask that this study did not establish a causal link between obesity and depression, but that there is evidence to suggest a possible causal relationship in either direction and it is also possible that common unmeasured factors play a role.

SEATTLE, July 5 ? Depression and obesity are often partners in pathology, according to investigators here.

Obese persons have a 20% elevated risk of depression compared with those of normal weight, reported Gregory E. Simon, M.D., M.P.H., of the Group Health Cooperative here, and colleagues in the July issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.

For white, college-educated obese individuals, the additional depression risk reaches as high 44%, said Gregory E. Simon, M.D., M.P.H., of the Group Health Cooperative here in the July issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.

For full article, please visit:
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/depression/article/10168/53656

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