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Original Article

Depression and Anxiety: Their Predictive Function for Weight Loss in Obese Individuals

Legenbauer T.a · De Zwaan M.b · Benecke A.c · Mühlhans B.b · Petrak F.a · Herpertz S.a

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a Abteilung für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, LWL-Klinik Dortmund, Universitätsklinikum der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Dortmund, b Psychosomatische und Psychotherapeutische Abteilung, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, c Psychologisches Institut, Abteilung Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

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Dr. Tanja Legenbauer, Abteilung für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, LWL-Klinik Dortmund, Universitätsklinikum der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Marsbruchstraße 179, 44287 Dortmund, tanja.legenbauer@ruhr-uni-bochum.de

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Obes Facts 2009;2:227–234

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Objective: To investigate the impact of current mental disorders on weight loss with special consideration of depressive and/or anxiety disorders as well as binge eating behavior in obese individuals undergoing different weight loss treatments. Methods: Three different samples of obese individuals were investigated in a prospective, longitudinal study: participants in a conventional weight loss treatment program (CONV TREAT; n = 250), obesity surgery patients (OBES SURG; n = 153), and obese control individuals (OC; n = 128). Current mental disorders and BMI were assessed at baseline and at 4-year follow-up. Results: OBES SURG patients with a depressive and/or anxiety disorder lost significantly less weight compared with those without a comorbid mental diagnosis. This result was not detected for CONV TREAT participants. A trend to gain weight was seen in OC participants with a depressive and/or anxiety disorder, whereas OC participants without current mental disorders at baseline lost some weight. Binge eating behavior at baseline did not predict weight loss at 4-year followup. Conclusions: These results underline the importance of addressing current depressive and anxiety disorders in obese patients, especially when such patients are undergoing obesity surgery.

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Published online: August 17, 2009
Issue release date: September 2009

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1662-4025 (Print)
eISSN: 1662-4033 (Online)

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