Author information: It has been hypothesized that depression and obesity are bi-directionally associated, and when overweight people appear to show a lower risk of depression, this supports the "Jolly Fat" hypothesis. The aim of this study was to examine the korean middle aged woman Fat" hypothesis in middle-aged women in Korea, by different perceived stress levels. Depressive symptoms were measured by a Korean version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression scale.
The association between obesity and depressive symptoms was investigated by using multiple logistic korean middle aged woman mirdle by korean middle aged woman levels of perceived stress, with adjustment for potential confounding factors. Agrd prevalence of general and abdominal obesity and depressive symptoms were Women with general obesity were less likely to have depressive symptoms odds ratio [OR]: No significant association was found in the high-stress group.
These findings indicate that the relationship between obesity and depressive symptoms in the Korean middle-aged women supports the "Jolly Fat" hypothesis.
Further, our results underscore the role of stress as an important potential mediator exerting effects on the association between obesity and depressive symptoms.