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Being overweight might protect against depression

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

There may be an upside to carrying a few extra pounds. Extra pounds may actually protect against depression.

Researchers in Canada looked at a gene commonly found in people who are overweight. That gene is linked with a lower risk of depression.

However, doctors warn that the risks associated with obesity greatly outweigh that benefit.

The study is published in the journal of Molecular Psychiatry.

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