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Jul 22, 2014 7:18 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Program to help overweight women maintain weight could help with depression

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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