Obesity, mood, and anxiety disorders: Does one come first?

BMC PsychiatryScott Cunningham MD PhD, et al. | August 09, 2022



Obesity has a negative impact on the quality of life, and has been shown to be associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, and affective disorders.

Data involving 5303 participants, 18-64 years of age, were obtained from NEMESIS-2, a psychiatric cohort study. The study participants were interviewed using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview at baseline and 3 years later.

Participants who were obese, but not underweight or overweight, at the baseline interview were at increased risk for mood and anxiety disorders compared to participants with a healthy body mass index (BMI).