Depression and Obesity/Overweight Association in Elderly Women: a Community-Based Case-Control Study

  • Seyed Mehdi Ahmadi Health Policy Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Fars, Iran.
  • Sareh Keshavarzi Department of Epidemiology, School of Health and Nutrition, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Fars, Iran.
  • Seyed-Ali Mostafavi Mail Psychiatry Research Center, Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Kamran Bagheri Lankarani Health Policy Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Fars, Iran.
Body Mass Index, Anthropometry, Depressive Disorders, Obesity, Women


Overweight/obesity and depression are common among women especially in the elderly and can lead to unfavorable outcomes. We aimed to determine the association of overweight with depression and also to find any correlation of depression with some anthropometric indices in old women. A total of 94 depressed elderly women were compared with 99 non-depressed controls. The structured diagnostic interview based on DSM-IV were performed to diagnose depression, and Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) was completed to rate it. Anthropometric indices were measured and compared between groups. Pearson correlation coefficients were determined for linear relations between variables. Odds Ratio of obesity and overweight in depressed subjects comparing with normal participants was 1.45 (95%CI=0.63-3.32). A significant correlation was observed between BMI and GDS score (r=0.231, P-value=0.001). Total body fat (P-value=0.001) and BMI (P-value=0.016) were significantly higher in depressed women than non-depressed women. Despite the significantly higher total body fat and BMI among old women with depression, only a weak correlation was seen between BMI and GDS score.


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Ahmadi SM, Keshavarzi S, Mostafavi S-A, Bagheri Lankarani K. Depression and Obesity/Overweight Association in Elderly Women: a Community-Based Case-Control Study. Acta Med Iran. 53(11):686-689.
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