Vicious Cycle

March 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm , by

walking the dogAre you sad because you’re fat, or fat because you’re sad? It may be a little of both, says an analysis of previous studies in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Obesity increases your risk of depression by 55 percent, while depression increases your risk of obesity by 58 percent.

One way to break the cycle: exercise. A proven mood booster, physical activity can also lower feelings of anxiety by 20 percent, according to a study from the University of Georgia. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym to get these benefits—30 minutes of anything that gets you moving does the trick.

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