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Table 3 Association between obesity and depressive symptom onset by sex based on baseline obesity status

From: Obesity and the onset of depressive symptoms among middle-aged and older adults in China: evidence from the CHARLS

Characteristics Female (N (%)) P value Male (N (%)) P value
No depressive symptoms Depressive symptoms No depressive symptoms Depressive symptoms
Total 959 (61.63) 597 (38.37) NA 1306 (73.33) 475 (26.67) NA
general obesity (BMI)
 Underweight 33 (57.89) 24 (42.11) 0.899 53 (68.83) 24 (31.17) < 0.01
 Normal 425 (61.41) 267 (38.59)   735 (70.74) 304 (29.26)  
 Overweight 341 (62.56) 204 (37.44)   380 (76.00) 120 (24.00)  
 Obese 160 (61.06) 102 (38.94)   138 (83.63) 27 (16.37)  
Abdominal obesity (WC)
 Yes 704 (61.43) 442 (38.57) 0.785 670 (76.22) 209 (23.78) < 0.01
 No 255 (62.19) 155 (37.81)   636 (70.51) 266 (29.49)