Journal article

Lifetime psychiatric disorders and body composition: A population-based study

Lana J Williams, Julie A Pasco, Margaret J Henry, Felice N Jacka, Seetal Dodd, Geoffrey C Nicholson, Mark A Kotowicz, Michael Berk

JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS | ELSEVIER | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between depressive and anxiety disorders and indices of adiposity, including body fat mass and percent body fat, as measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. METHODS: In this observational study of 979 randomly-selected women aged 20-93 years, psychiatric history was ascertained using a structured clinical interview (SCID-I/NP). Total body fat was assessed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and weight, height and waist circumference were measured. Medication use and lifestyle factors were self-reported. RESULTS: Those with a lifetime history of depression had increased fat mass (+7.4%) and percent body fat (+4.3%), as well ..

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