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Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Aug;195(2):149-55. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.108.057299.

Association between common mental disorder and obesity over the adult life course.

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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, WC1E 6BT London, UK. m.kivimaki@ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Prospective data on the association between common mental disorders and obesity are scarce, and the impact of ageing on this association is poorly understood.

AIMS:

To examine the association between common mental disorders and obesity (body mass index > or = 30 kg/m(2)) across the adult life course.

METHOD:

The participants, 6820 men and 3346 women, aged 35-55 were screened four times during a 19-year follow-up (the Whitehall II study). Each screening included measurements of mental disorders (the General Health Questionnaire), weight and height.

RESULTS:

The excess risk of obesity in the presence of mental disorders increased with age (P = 0.004). The estimated proportion of people who were obese was 5.7% at age 40 both in the presence and absence of mental disorders, but the corresponding figures were 34.6% and 27.1% at age 70. The excess risk did not vary by gender or according to ethnic group or socioeconomic position.

CONCLUSIONS:

The association between common mental disorders and obesity becomes stronger at older ages.

PMID:
19648547
PMCID:
PMC2770241
DOI:
10.1192/bjp.bp.108.057299
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