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Tulane Study Shows That Feeling Depressed May Weigh On Women

A study by the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine found that symptoms of depression were linked to behaviors that can lead to overweight and obesity, based on results from women working in Greater New Orleans area schools. “This study adds to growing evidence of the link between depressive symptoms and weight in women,” says Dr. Carolyn Johnson, director of the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University and an author of the study. The study used data collected from 743 women in 22 Jefferson Parish schools in fall 2006 from a project called ACTION, a wellness program designed to address eating and physical activity barriers among adult school personnel.