Obesity and Depression

Health for life is something almost all of us desire. Various components define health. There are physical, mental, emotional, and social factors to consider. How do you view yourself and those around you? Are you content? Do you feel like an active part of society? How do you interact with the world and those around you? These are all important questions to ask. Here at Advanced Weight Loss and Surgical Institute we are concerned about the whole person. Because of this, we want to take some time to discuss the mental and emotional issues that can result from obesity. If you are struggling with your mental health, please seek counsel. Your life may depend on it.

We know that those who struggle with obesity often experience comorbidity conditions. Comorbidity refers to the presence of illnesses and conditions that result directly from a condition, in this case obesity, or are strongly related. It is well documented that those with a BMI putting them into the obese category are more susceptible to conditions like diabetes, both high blood pressure and cholesterol, infections of the soft tissue, and more. A recent study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Public Health found that individuals who are overweight or obese during their adult years have a much higher risk of dying from diseases like cancer and heart disease, amongst others. It is clear that being obese carries a high risk of developing multiple life threatening physical conditions. But, what about the mental health aspect of carrying excess weight?

According to the American Psychological Association, what is known as an “obesity-depression cycle.” Simply put, obesity can trigger depression and depression can trigger the actions and behaviors mentalities such as binge eating and stress that lead to obesity. The Obesity Action Coalition notes that evidence suggests a direct link between the two. It is not entirely clear what drives the other, however. Does depression lead to obesity? Does obesity cause depression? While there is no definitive science to answer these questions, the link is certainly there. The OAC references a study which found that up to forty-four percent of obese patients are depressed. Of obese patients who also suffer from binge eating disorder, fifty-one percent have suffered through episodes of major depression in their pasts. As you can see, depression is a serious condition that often accompanies those who are also obese.

So, where do you stand? Are you struggling with depression or any other mental health condition as well as an unhealthy weight? If so, there is help. Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute can help. We want to see you live a full, well-rounded life. You do not have to suffer any longer. Contact us today!