Jul 22, 2014 7:18 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
A program to help overweight women simply maintain their weight, not necessarily lose it, appears to help relieve depression.
Duke University researchers randomized 185 overweight, low-income African American women into two groups.
One group set goals, like quitting fast food, and received a personal health coach and gym membership.
The other group received regular care and served as controls.
About 20 percent of women in each group reported being depressed.
After a year, just 11 percent of women in the goal-setting group said they were still depressed.
There was little change in the other group.
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