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Journal:   JOURNAL OF ARDABIL UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (JAUMS)   SUMMER 2012 , Volume 12 , Number 2 (44); Page(s) 213 To 220.
 
Paper:  THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BODY MASS INDEX AND DEPRESSION IN FEMALE STUDENTS OF ARDABIL UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
 
Author(s):  FEIZI I., NAGHIZADEH BAGHI A.*, RAHIMI A., NEMATI S.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF BASIC SCIENCES, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, ARDABIL UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, ARDABIL, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background & Objective: Today obesity and depression are two important diseases which are growing all over the world and threat the human health. That how much these two affect each other is a major health question. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and depression in female students of Ardabil University of Medical Sciences.
Method: In a descriptive study 230 female students were selected through classified random sampling and their height and weight were measured. To measure the rate of depression a Beck test, and to analyze the data a descriptive method, and finally to indicate the relationship between BMI and depression Pearson correlation through SPSS15 software were used.
Results: 40% of the students in the depression test were in the normal level, 29% had mild depression, 24% moderate depression and 7% severe depression. In addition 77% of the students, regarding body mass index were in an acceptance level, 14% were overweight and 9% were underweight. Pearson correlation method showed that there was a positive significant relationship between BMI and depression among female students (p
£0.01).
Conclusion: The prevalence of depression in female students of university is 60% and the prevalence of obesity is 14% and there is positive significant relationship between BMI and depression.

 
Keyword(s): BODY MASS INDEX, OBESITY, DEPRESSION, FEMALE STUDENTS
 
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