Network Analysis of Depressive Symptomatology in Underweight and Obese Adults

Cristian Antony Ramos Vera, Antonio Serpa Barrientos, José Vallejos-Saldarriaga, Jacksaint Saintila

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Background: Depressive symptoms can affect people’s quality of life and social environment. In addition, in severe situations, they can lead to suicidal behaviors. Objective: This study aimed to analyze the differences in depressive symptoms in underweight and obese Peruvian adults. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out based on secondary data obtained from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática (INEI), Lima, Peru. A sample of 10 053 participants was considered, of which 55.96% were women. Two Gaussian plot models were estimated and the levels of depressive symptomatology were compared between the 2 groups (adults with underweight and obese). Results: A total of 1510 (15.02%) were underweight adults and 8543 (84.98%) were obese adults. There were differences in the reporting of depressive symptoms in the underweight group; the most central items were “Depressed mood” (PH2), “Tiredness/low energy” (PH4), and “Psychomotor difficulties” (PH8). Conclusion: This study provides new evidence on the dynamic relationship between depressive symptoms according to the body mass index categories (underweight and obese) assessed.

Idioma originalInglés
PublicaciónJournal of Primary Care and Community Health
EstadoPublicada - 2022


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