Perceived and actual obesity in childhood and adolescence and risk of adult depression
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health,
Sanchez–Villegas A et al. – The results indicate that childhood–adolescence obesity is a strong and independent risk factor for adult depression.Methods
- Cohort study of 91,798 female registered nurses followed longitudinally for 12 years.
- As compared with lean women of the same age, women in the two highest categories of body shape at age 10 had both higher prevalence (OR=2.59, 95% CI 1.46 to 4.61) and incidence (OR=2.01, 95% CI 1.08 to 3.71) of depression.
- Similar results were obtained for body shape at age 20 (OR=3.43 for prevalence and OR=2.03 for incidence) and for body mass index (BMI) at age 18 (OR=2.92 for BMI ≥40 kg/m2).
- These associations remained significant after adjustment for multiple confounders.