Is there a link between depression and belly fat? New research from University of Alabama at Birmingham thinks so.
Among other things, the researchers wanted to figure out if depressed people were more likely to have larger waist circumferences and a higher BMI, and how that changed over time. They found that over a 15-year period, all the subjects put on some pounds, but those who were depressed gained weight faster.
The study raises the possibility that depression causes people to put on extra pounds around the belly. But the opposite doesn’t appear to be the case: researchers found that overweight people aren’t more likely to become depressed than their normal-weight peers.