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Weight gain and obesity in seasonal affective disorder: adaptations from our past?

Robert D. Levitan

in Seasonal Affective Disorder

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544288
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754593 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199544288.003.0012
Weight gain and obesity in seasonal affective disorder: adaptations from our past?

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In summary, there is a great deal of potential for psychiatry research to contribute to the understanding and prevention of the obesity epidemic (Volkow and O’Brien 2007). Conversely, obesity research may inform novel approaches to many psychiatric disorders, particularly as it relates to evolutionary models, epigenetics, and gene–environment interaction. Studying obesity in the context of SAD offers great promise on both fronts, and should decrease the morbidity associated with these common and debilitating disorders.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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