Study Shows Obesity Linked to Antidepressants

While the researchers concluded that depression itself does not appear to increase the risk of obesity, they did find a link between obesity and the use of a specific type of antidepressant medications: the serotonin-reuptake-inhibiting antidepressants, or SSRIs.

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July 21, 2009

Clinical depression is a serious disease that affects millions of people in North America. Researchers have concluded that depression in itself does not appear to increase the risk of obesity. But can the drugs used to treat depression be a factor?

Some researchers think so. A recent study out of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute of the University of Calgary and the School of Public Health of the University of Alberta examined data from the Canadian National Population Health Survey, a 10-year-long study of a representative sample of household residents in Canada.

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