Abdominal volume index: a predictive measure in relationship between depression/anxiety and obesity

  • Said Hadi
  • Mehrnaz Momenan
  • Kasra Cheraghpour
  • Nadia Hafizi
  • Niloufar Pourjavidi
  • Mahsa Malekahmadi
  • Mona Foroughi
  • Meysam Alipour
Keywords: Abdominal volume index; anxiety; depression.


Background: Obesity is a risk factor for mood disorder (such as depression and anxiety). We aimed to assess application of A Body Shape Index (ABSI) and abdominal volume index (AVI), as new indices of obesity to evaluate the relationship between obesity and depression/anxiety.

Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted on 307 overweight and obese women (249 females, 58 males) 20-60 years in Iran in 2017-2018. The anthropometric measures including weight, waist circumference, hip circumference, body fat and derived values of body mass index, waist–hip ratio, AVI and ABSI were evaluated. HADS questionnaire for depression and anxiety completed.

Results: Prevalence of depression was 36.1% in women; men 24.1%; overweight 28.1%; obese 36.5 % and central obesity 33.7%. Anxiety was apparent in 27.1% of overweight 30.3 % obese and 29.6% central obesity. People with depression and anxiety had higher WC, BF and AVI. ABSI had no significant correlation with depression/anxiety. The odds of depression (1.06; 95% CI, 1.02-1.12) and anxiety (1.06; 95% CI, 1.01-1.11) were elevated with increase AVI.

Conclusion: Our results suggested that AVI as an indirect measure of abdominal obesity along with WC and BF could be useful in predicting the relationship between obesity and depression/anxiety.

Keywords: Abdominal volume index; anxiety; depression. 


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