By Staff Writer
Women who seek treatment for depression from rehab facilities may improve more than just their mood. A new study published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry has found that females who are treated for depression are also likely to lose weight.
The benefits depressed women gain from losing weight are far more than just cosmetic. Studies have shown that there is a strong link between obesity and depression. The new research has confirmed this correlation.
For the study, researchers enrolled more than 200 women who struggled with both depression and weight issues into one of two programs. The first focused on weight loss, while the second incorporated a weight loss program into traditional depression therapy. The results showed that 38 percent of women who improved their depressive symptoms lost at least five pounds.
Researchers speculated that exercise may be the common denominator that contributes to both improved mood and weight loss. Studies have shown that there are many mental health benefits to regular physical activity. Additionally, it is one of the surest ways to lose weight.