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Practitioner 2010;254(1729):9

Obese patients at risk of depression and vice versa

20 May 2010Pais-up subscribers

There are three lessons for GP practice from this paper: when case finding among patients with chronic conditions, physical inactivity and obesity should suggest the possibility of depression; when treating mild to moderate depression in obese patients, referral to a group exercise programme is likely to be a better option than prescribing antidepressants, which may themselves cause further weight gain; when following up our depressed patients, there is a case for monitoring their BMI (and physical activity levels) as well as the PHQ-9.

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