The relationship between abdominal obesity and depression in the general population : a systematic review and meta-analysis

Xu, Qunyan, Anderson, Debra J., & Lurie-Beck, Janine Karen (2011) The relationship between abdominal obesity and depression in the general population : a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 5(4), e267-e278.

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Obesity has been widely regarded as a public health concern because of its adverse impact on individuals’ health. Systematic reviews have been published in examining the effect of obesity on depression, but with major emphasis on general obesity as measured by the body mass index. Despite a stronger effect of abdominal obesity on individuals’ physical health outcomes, to our best knowledge, no systematic review was undertaken with regard to the relationship between abdominal obesity and depression. This paper reports the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis of cross-sectional studies examining the relationship between abdominal obesity and depression in a general population. Multiple electronic databases were searched until the end of September 2009. 15 articles were systematically reviewed and meta-analyzed. The analysis showed that the odds ratio of having depression for individuals with abdominal obesity was 1.38 (95% CI, 1.22–1.57) as compared to those who are not obese. Furthermore, it was found that this relationship did not vary with potential confounders including gender, age, measurement of depression and abdominal obesity, and study quality.

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ID Code: 47238
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Abdominal Obesity, Depression, Cross-Sectional Studies, Meta-Analysis
DOI: 10.1016/j.orcp.2011.04.007
ISSN: 1871-403X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, [VOL 5, ISSUE 4, (2011)] DOI 10.1016/j.orcp.2011.04.007
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2011 01:53
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 05:21

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