Link between obesity and depression

Many types of research done in the past have proven that depression can lead to obesity since; a person who is depressed in most cases tends to take a lot of food. In the process of taking the food, the individuals do not take caution of what he or she is eating. The most available foods are the junk foods, and they lead to high obesity in an individual’s body if taken in high quantities.

Depression causes obesity whereby; if a person is found to be depressed, he becomes obese within a short period. In most cases, the obese, people are likely to experience a mood disorder that is perceived to be depression taking place in their bodies (Macpherson-Sánchez & Ann, 2015). Obese people will most cases be ostracized and undergo high levels of discrimination in then society. Due to their heavy body weight, they find it hard to interact with other people or even perform their duties in an expected manner. When one makes poor choices of food he is in a high danger of contracting diabetes illness, which is very expensive to treat. The stereotype is all that they are likely to experience because everyone will be running away from them. Once they are not given the attention they desire of the society, they end up getting depressed due to thinking a lot. Obese people tend to isolate themselves from other people, and this factor might lead to depression from the quiet moments they are alone in their lives. Obese people are discriminated to extend if a man is overweight, he might not get a fiancé and vice versa. In most cases, the obese people find themselves ostracized, experiencing stereotype in the society and undergoing high levels of discriminations, which is not always the better option.

Failure to give the regular body exercises leads to depression and sedentary measures of the body as well, and this is another way in which depression and obesity are connected. Any depressed person is bound to have a little serotonin hormone, and this will facilitate him to take a lot of food in his body with the aim of marketing himself, thus become more obese. Depression and obesity have shown the impacts towards sharing some common risks to the body of a person, and this is the reason as to why they link to one another. Treating depression and obesity are related to one another, and this is then reason as to why doctors are cautious in handling the two conditions simultaneously. Surgery done to people with obesity helps them to have a life free from depression, and they are advised by doctors to exercise their bodies more often. Exercises well done to a body help it not to be obese and depression condition is well prevented. Bariatric surgery is mostly done to people who are obese, and this means that they can never get depressed easily at all cost. The team approach is the best tactic that is used in reducing all the obesity in a person’s body as well as depression that might have attacked him in any way (Garg & Wood, 2012). Psychiatry or a psychologist assists in dealing with depression that strikes many people from increased stress and obesity in their bodies over a given period.

Collosial is present in both women with obesity and depression at the time of puberty. During adolescence, most of the females tend to be obese, and this is connected with unhealthy eating patterns in most of them. Due to being obese at puberty, most of the females get teased and shun away from their fellow colleagues leading to depression occurrence in their bodies. The body mass index is a factor contributing to both obesity and depression in an elderly person whereby; to get the exact body mass of an individual’s the height and weight of a person has to be measured to facilitate calculations of the body mass index. Because many women are obese, they are at risk of suffering depression cases from time to time (Murray, 2000). Finding a person to talk to, helps in ensuring that the treated person is set free from depression and he has a way of relieving all the stress that he has and become less obese. Once a stressed person speaks out his issues, they become solved; hence, depression might not affect him again. A less fat person suffers moderate cases of depression, and this is what the doctors are struggling to attain at the very end. An act of speaking and having fun with friends after surgical treatment helps people to regain quick recover and avoid getting back to the depressed state they were before (Murray, 2000). All the medicines that are prescribed by the doctor ought to be taken accordingly to enhance recovery as well as prevent a person from going back to the obesity and depressed state. Gender is a contributing factor in obesity and depression and most cases, women tend to become obese at the onset of puberty due to then many developments taking place in their bodies. The Geriatric Depression Scale showed that women tend to be more affected by obesity and depression than men do due to their high body mass weight.



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