Published On: Thu, Mar 24th, 2016

Education cannot reduce the tension among obese women

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worried woman on a medical weight scale

worried woman on a medical weight scale

A new research study has revealed that the obese women, even highly educated, have dual the danger of depression evaluated with women who have normal weight and similar educational achievements.

Ashley Kranjac, who is a lead author of the research study from the Rice University in Houston, US, stated that “Previous research has shown an association of depression and obesity with low education, but we’re showing it also exists with women who have higher education as well,” Kranjac further added that “I was surprised by the findings. Usually higher education is associated with all the good things, like higher income, better neighbourhoods, greater access to health care and better overall health and you’d never think education and obesity combined could have this effect on mental health,”

The results were cited in the journal Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. The research study inspected 1,928 adult healthy women from 35 ages to 80. The team employed the standard weight categories to describe normal weight (BMI or bodymass index of 18.5-24.9), overweight (BMI 25-29.9), obese I (30-34.9), obese II (35-39.9) and obese III (BMI greater than 39.9). The BMI categorizations are linked to body-fat levels and forecast the probability of growing obesity-related health issues.

Skilled professional interviewers got physical measurements for body-mass index and carried out standardized, in-person interviews. The in-depth interviews involved questions treating with demographic traits, medical history, diet and numerous features of alcohol intake all through the person’s lifetime.

All participants also accomplished a questionnaire, an instrument made to measure gloominess status amid the general population. The results illustrated, obese I women’s odds of depressive signs were 43 percent elevated than normal-weight women and the odds for obese II/ III women were almost 57 percent more than for women of normal weight.

Kranjac further continued that “By studying this relationship in healthy women without other constant diseases or disorders, we are better able to understand the relationships amid depression, elevated weight status and the impact of educational attainment,”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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