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Is increased antidepressant exposure a contributory factor to the obesity pandemic?

Lee, Sung; Da Paz Filho, Gilberto; Mastronardi, Claudio; Licinio, Julio; Wong, Ma-Li


Major depressive disorder (MDD) and obesity are both common heterogeneous disorders with complex aetiology, with a major impact on public health. Antidepressant prescribing has risen nearly 400% since 1988, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In parallel, adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980, from 15 to 30 percent, while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled. Rising obesity rates have significant health consequences, contributing to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Translational Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1038/tp.2016.25
Access Rights: Open Access


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