Study shows link between childhood obesity and adult depression

The cohort of more than 91,000 registered nurses aged 24–44 was surveyed over a 12-year period starting in 1989. By 2001, one in five reported having taken antidepressants.

The nurses were asked to recall their body shape based on figure drawings.

The women who identified themselves as having a silhouette at age 10 similar to the two largest drawings were 2.5 times as likely to have a higher prevalence of depression and twice as likely to have a higher incidence of depression.

The women were also asked about their weight as young