Double strain of severe obesity and depression on perception of increased diabetes burden among homebound older women. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Obesity, depression, and diabetes, all of which are increasing in prevalence among older women, represent a growing public health problem. OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship of severe obesity and depressive symptomatology to perceived burden of diabetes. DESIGN: Baseline data of 266 homebound older women were used to cross-sectionally examine the relationship of depression and severe obesity with an individual's perception of the burden of diabetes on daily activities. RESULTS: The coexistence of depression and severe obesity was independently associated with increased burden of diabetes while depression or severe obesity individually was not. DISCUSSION: Older adults who are severely obese with depressive symptoms may be at particularly high risk for adverse outcomes, and represent a growing public health concern with diabetes management or complications.

published proceedings

  • J Nutr Elder

author list (cited authors)

  • Sharkey, J. R., Ory, M. G., & Wang, S.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Sharkey, Joseph R||Ory, Marcia G||Wang, Suojin

publication date

  • September 2006