Depression Leads to Overeating for Women, But Not Men

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Depression Leads to Overeating for Women, But Not Men

A yearlong study of 1,800 obese men and women looked at gender differences in the eating behaviour of overweight adults. This study revealed that Moods do not alter the eating patterns of males but depression can induce females to eat more and more.

For women, depression was strongly tied to trouble controlling eating behaviour. In fact, with more weight gain, increased depression and consequently lesser inability to resist foods was noticed. For men, the heavier they were, the less confident they felt about controlling their weight; depression had no bearing on that confidence.

A year later, after receiving counseling in a weight-loss program, women who weren’t depressed lost more than twice as many pounds as the depressed women who said they had trouble resisting food. For men, neither mental health nor confidence about controlling eating predicted weight loss.

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