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Study: Obesity and depression feed off each other

By: Team Ifairer | Posted: 30-12-2020
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Depression and weight problems often go hand in hand - it`s a vicious cycle you need to know about! A study of 58,745 patients` data revealed that people with obesity had a 55 percent increased risk of developing depression over time, and the depressed persons had a 58 percent increased risk of obesity. Forty-three percent of adults with depression already have obesity and women numbering more in this group than men, as found by a national survey.

The suicide ideation in women with a waist circumference of over 105cm is three times more than the women with that below 82.5cm. The mental state, when obesity joins the party, is weakened by two real and debilitating attacks that run parallelly. One attack is physiological - inside the body. Obesity causes joint pain, diabetes, blood pressure etc., which are also the risk factors for depression. Additionally, excessive body fat causes chronic inflammation in the brain that leads to mood and psychiatric disorders.

The other is from outside - the social stigma - how society treats people with obesity. 18.7% to 38% of people with obesity reported experiencing obesity stigma from their educators, employers, health professionals, the media, friends, and family in a WHO (World Health Organization) study. Obesity stigma is associated with increased depression, anxiety and decreased self-esteem. It can also lead to disordered eating, avoidance of physical activity, and avoidance of medical care.Will Weight Loss Improve The Mood Or Improving The Mood Help Weight-Loss? It`s not an `either-or` question say some experts. For example, dieting alone may worsen mood, particularly when it causes a pattern of repeated dieting failure. Conversely, the most common pharmacological treatments for depression have the side effect of weight gain . However, obesity seems to resist physical exercises more than depression. A study found that healthy-weight persons walked per day an average of 11,586 steps, non-depressed obesity patients did 7283 steps, and the depressed obesity patients, 6177 steps .

Hence the expert advice is to jointly address obesity and depression. If you are on medications for depressions, don`t skip your tablets in pursuit of weight-loss.The next step would be to understand obesity well.What exactly is obesity? Obesity is not just a cosmetic condition as popularly perceived. It`s a complex, progressive and multifactorial disease that needs expert medical help to treat, just like clinical depression does. Obesity is measured by BMI (Body Mass Index), which is a measure of your weight in relation to your height.World Health Organization (WHO) considers a BMI more than 30 as Class 1 obesity. BMI above 35 is Class II- serious obesity and BMI above 40 is class III- severe obesity.
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