Depression can lead to overeating and weight gain; obesity can lead to overwhelming sadness. Learn to break the cycle.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease control, one in every 10 Americans deals with depression each year. This same organization says the U.S is also home to 70 million obese people. Research has shown that there is no clear, one-way connection between obesity and depression but it has shown that the two tend to feed off of each other in a vicious, self-destructive circle.
Obesity causes depression. Studies have shown that obese people are 25% more likely to experience a mood disorder like depression compared to those that are not obese. Being over-weight/obese can cause low self-esteem, poor self-image, and social isolation, all known contributors to depression. Over-weight/obese individuals can also find themselves stereotyped, ostracized, and discriminated against.
The excess weight carried around by an overweight individual can result in chronic joint pain as well as serious diseases like hypertension and diabetes, all which have been linked to depression.
Depression causes weight gain/obesity. A study of adolescents found that teenagers with symptoms of depression were more likely to become overweight/obese within the next year. This study also found that children who were borderline obese and depressed became substantially obese over the following year. People that experience depression are more likely to overeat, make poor food choices, avoid exercising, and become sedentary. Researchers have also found that depressed individuals with decreased levels of serotonin also have the tendency to become over-weight/obese. These individuals tend to eat as self- medication to restore their serotonin levels to normal.
Consulting a team of professionals is the best approach for dealing with obesity and depression. A weight loss facility can help craft a diet and exercise plan that will head to a healthy weight loss and success in weight management thereafter. Hiring a personal trainer to help you understand what exercises you need and how to do them properly is also an excellent start. At the same time, it is also in your best interest to talk to a professional about the depression that you are facing. Confront the stress, anxiety or other triggers that are affecting your depression.
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