The epidemic of obesity is widespread throughout the world; this problem is present in all ranges from kids to teenagers to grown-ups. Results and influences of increasing obesity are very threatening to human health. People who are fighting with this problem, have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep disorders, plus there can be psychosocial problems such as anxiety and depression.
A recent study published by University of Alabama at Birmingham confirms the link between depression and abdominal obesity. Experts have found that in a sample of young people, during a fifteen-year period, those who started out reporting high levels of depression gained weight at a faster speed than others in the research, but starting out overweight did not lead to changes in depression.
This research is a significant one for the reason that if you are concerned in controlling obesity, and ultimately eliminating the risk of obesity-related diseases, then it makes sense to take care of the depression of people. This is another quite important cause to take depression seriously and not to think about it just in terms of mental health, but to as well consider about the physical results of mental health problems.
Experts say that there have been reports showing that cortisol, a stress hormone, is linked to depression and abdominal obesity. Therefore, there is motive to suppose that people who are depressed would have higher levels of abdominal obesity versus other parts of the body as of prominent cortisol.
Specialists have examined information from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, a longitudinal study of 5,115 men and women ages 18-30 that intended to recognize the precursors of cardiovascular illness. It was as well studied the statistics to test whether body mass index (BMI) , weight separated by the square of one’s height, and waist circumference were connected with increases in depression or whether depression was linked with changes in BMI and waist circumference during a period of time.
CARDIA research experts weighed and measured the waist circumference and BMI of study members. The waist circumference was measured to the nearest half centimeter. CARDIA researchers also asked study participants in years five, 10, 15 and 20 to rank their own level of depression. The information that offered CARDIA was that scientists have found that everyone, as a whole, gained weight during the fifteen-year period of time that they examined. By year 20, the waist circumference of the high-depression group was almost 2.6 centimeters advanced than those who reported lower levels of depression.
Finally, specialists pointed out that more studies are needed to conclude the underlying causes for weight gain among those who reported being depressed.