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Study: 'The obesity gene' protects against depression

from The Atlantic

Studies have shown that obesity and depression function as reciprocal risk factors: People who are obese are more likely to be depressed and vice versa. From a behavioral basis, it's possible that each can actually cause the other. Doctors go so far as to argue in favor of treating the two conditions together as interrelated illnesses — a study found that among overweight women with major depressive disorder, the only ones who were able to lose weight were those who improved their depression. more

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