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Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Dr. Robert Silverman
Prof. Sandra Lane
Arts and Science
obesity, depression, maternity, weight management, pregnancy
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Biotechnology | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Female Urogenital Diseases and Pregnancy Complications | Maternal and Child Health | Nutritional Epidemiology | Psychological Phenomena and Processes | Women's Health
Obesity is a national epidemic in the United States, which both directly and indirectly affects the social productivity of individuals, the American macro economy and individuals’ personal health and well being. Depression often interferes with an individual’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. A maternal state of both obesity and depression may cause serious adverse medical conditions in the mother’s child. Taking steps to treat depression and obesity are critical in the construct of modern medicine. This project yields results that have the potential to make treatment options better tailored, more efficient, effective and economically-sound for the obese, pregnant population. This study was conducted using a collaborative approach, combining retrospectively collected patient data from Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical Center. Our data shows that morbid obesity is positively correlated with higher incidence of depression. This suggests that health care practioners should screen morbidly obese perinatal women for depression more frequently and assist these women in accessing psychological treatment and weight management options.
Habjan, Caroline A., "Maternal Obesity and Incidence of Depression" (2015). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 828.
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