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Exploring the connections among depression, obesity and antidepressants

Julio Licinio, MD, PhDAre you depressed because you're fat? Or fat because you're depressed? Julio Licinio, MD, PhD (left), says depression and obesity are related. Licinio, a psychiatrist who is dean of Upstate's College of Medicine, has researched how the use of antidepressants can be a risk factor for obesity, even long after the medications have been discontinued. He got involved in this research after noting that a sharp rise in obesity rates in Western societies correlated with a large increase in the amount of prescriptions written for antidepressants.