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May 2011Isolating the Effect of Major Depression on Obesity: Role of Selection Bias
with Dhaval M. Dave, Gregory J. Colman: w17068
There is suggestive evidence that rates of major depression have risen markedly in the U.S. concurrent with the rise in obesity. The economic burden of depression, about $100 billion annually, is under-estimated if depression has a positive causal impact on obesity. If depression plays a causal role in increasing the prevalence of obesity, then policy interventions aimed at promoting mental health may also have the indirect benefits of promoting a healthy bodyweight. However, virtually the entire existing literature on the connection between the two conditions has examined merely whether they are significantly correlated, sometimes holding constant a limited set of demographic factors. This study utilizes multiple large-scale nationally-representative datasets to assess whether, and t...

Published: Dave, D. M., Tennant, J., Colman, G. (2011). Isolating the Effect of Major Depression on Obesity: Role of Selection Bias. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 14 (4)

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