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Depressive Symptoms & Weight in Midlife Women

Menopause; ePub 2017 Jul 10; Schreiber, et al

Both stress eating and menopause status significantly contributed to the depressive symptom-weight association in midlife women, a recent study found. The study investigated the association between depressive symptoms and weight in midlife women by examining stress eating as a mediator between depressive symptoms and weight, and menopause status as a moderator of the associations of depressive symptoms, stress eating, and weight. The analysis was performed using data from the Midlife in the United States II study with a sample of 815 premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Researchers found:

  • Depressive symptoms were not directly associated with weight, when controlling for covariates.
  • However, stress eating was a significant mediator between depressive symptoms and weight.
  • Depressive symptoms and stress eating was significantly associated in postmenopausal, but not premenopausal, women.


Schreiber DR, Dautovich ND. Depressive symptoms and weight in midlife women: The role of stress eating and menopause status. [Published online ahead of print July 10, 2017]. Menopause. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000000897.