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A new study shows that individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are significantly less likely to become overweight or obese.
New research performed by the Department of Psychology at Texas State University looked at the link between Body Mass Index and psychiatric disorders.
One of the professors involved in the research noted that, “the study found that individuals with OCD are up to 50 percent less likely to be overweight or obese compared with individuals with primary depression and anxiety disorders—as well as compared to the general population. In other words, in this study, a status of ‘not having OCD’ meant up to 200 percent increased likelihood of being overweight or obese compared to people diagnosed with OCD."
More research is needed to determine actual causality, but the authors also noted that for those with OCD, “prolonged engagement in compulsive rituals may result in reduced ability to experience positive reward and pleasure, in general—even when it comes to food.”
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