The Los Angeles Times (11/20, Kaplan) reports that according to a recent study from Harvard, Columbia, and Boston University, published in JAMA Psychiatry, there is a link between women who experience PTSD symptoms and weight gain. The study took the “Nurses Health Study II” and looked at women in the study who had reported at the time of enrollment that they had not experienced any PTSD symptoms. These women were then followed. Some of these subsequently experienced traumatic events. According to results, of these women, the ones who developed “one, two or three PTSD symptoms (as assessed by the survey) were 18% more likely to become overweight or obese, while those with four or more PTSD symptoms were 36% more likely to become overweight or obese.”
— “Obesity may be a side effect of PTSD in women, study finds, “Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2013.