The University of Illinois at Chicago led an intervention combining behavioral weight loss treatment and problem-solving therapy with as-needed antidepressant medication for participants with co-occurring obesity and depression. The study showed improved weight loss and depressive symptoms when compared with routine physician care, as was reported in ScienceDaily. Principal investigator, Dr. Jun Ma, reported that “treatments exist that are effective at treating obesity and depression separately, but none that address both conditions in concert, which is a critical unmet need because of the high prevalence of obesity and depression together.” Dr. Ma continued, “we have shown that delivering obesity and depression therapy in one integrated program using dually trained health coaches who work within a care team that includes a primary care physician and a psychiatrist, is effective at reducing weight and improving depressive symptoms.”
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Dr. Jun Ma, professor of medicine in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and principal investigator