A new study finds that even educated women who are overweight are prone to a double risk of depression when compared with women of normal weight and similar educational background.
Ashley Kranjac, the lead study author at the Rice University in Houston, US, said that previous study has demonstrated a connection of obesity and stress with low education, but they are proving it also exists with women who possess higher qualification as well.
Kranjac further said that he was taken aback by the findings because more often than not higher education is connected with all the positive things, such as higher income, greater access to health care services, better environs and better overall health and so one would never even think that education and obesity combined could lead to this serious mental stress.
The study results were published in the journal calledObesity Research and Clinical Practice. In the study,1,928 adult ‘healthy women’ with their ages around 35-80, were examined.
Through the standard categories of weight the team defined normal weight (BMI or body mass 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 classifications are connected with body-fat levels and envisage the possibility of developing obesity-connected health issues.
Experienced professional interviewers were involved in measuring body-mass index and conducted standardized, in-person sessions.
The interviews were detailed which consisted of questions related with medical history, demographic traits, eating habits and other aspects of alcohol consumption all through the individual’s life span.
People who participated filled the questionnaires, which acted as a tool designed to assess stress level among the general masses.
The result findings showed,obese I women’s odds of depressive symptoms were 43 percent higher than normal-weight women and the odds for obese II/ III women were approximately 57 percent higher than for women of normal weight.”
Kranjac perceived that by studying this connection in healthy women without other persistent ailments or disorders, they are able to establish the connections between depression, issues of overweight and the result of higher educational background.