Depression may lead to obesity says expert


May 20, 2012

Anti-depressant could be a major unidentified obesity risk, with researchers at the John Curtin School of Medical Research now focused on probing the nature of weight gain and its relationship to mental health.

Director of the school, Julio Licinio, said two studies had commenced, one investigating the genetic factors in obesity and another delving into possible links between depression and obesity.

”What we have discovered, which is completely new, is that just having exposure to anti-depressants, even for a short time like two weeks and later in life – perhaps the following year – having several months of high fat food you will gain a lot of weight,” he said.

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