Researchers have been puzzling over the apparent weight-mental health connection for years. There’s no question that obesity and depression are linked in both adolescents and adults. But does depression cause obesity, or does obesity prompt depression?

Here’s a look at the theories linking sadness and weight gain.

Research has shown that there’s no clear, one-way connection between obesity and depression. Instead, studies have

Obesity-Depression Links

shown that the two tend to feed off each other in a vicious, self-destructive circle.

  • Obesity causes depression. Studies have shown that obese people are about 25 percent more likely to experience a mood disorder like depression compared with those who are not obese. Obesity can cause poor self-image, low self-esteem, and social isolation, all known contributors to depression. Those who are obese can also find themselves ostracized, stereotyped, and discriminated against. The extra weight carried around by obese people can result in chronic joint pain as well as serious diseases like diabetes and hypertension, all of which have been linked to depression.
  • Depression causes obesity. A study of adolescents in Cincinnati found that teenagers with symptoms of depression were more likely to become obese within the next year. The study also found that kids who were borderline obese and depressed became substantially obese over the following year. People experiencing depression are more likely to overeat or make poor food choices, avoid exercising, and become more sedentary. Researchers have found that depressed people with decreased levels of the hormone serotonin also have a tendency toward obesity — they tend to eat in an attempt to self-medicate and restore their serotonin levels to normal.
  • Depression and obesity share common risk factors. Some factors apparently can trigger both obesity and depression. Belonging to a lower socioeconomic class and not participating in physical activity increases risk for developing either condition.

Treating Obesity and Depression

As they attempt to understand the link between depression and obesity, doctors also are trying to figure out how to treat both conditions in a way that will produce overall good results.

  • Depression. Successfully treating depression can be a lot easier than successfully treating obesity, so doctors recommend that people with depressive symptoms — especially if they are adolescents — seek treatment as soon as possible. Treatment have included psychotherapy or antidepressants.  but do they work?  Research shows Hypnotherapy gets 93% success in just 6 sessions.  Talk therapy, 37% results in 600 sessions!  Time Line Therapy (R), 100 % results in 1 to 2 sessions.
  • Obesity. A study of people who underwent bariatric surgery for their obesity found that as they shed pounds, they also shed their depression. A year after surgery, the subjects had experienced a 77 percent loss of excess body weight, and an accompanying 18 percent reduction in symptoms of depression. Younger people, women, and those who experienced greater weight-loss results were more likely to feel less depressed.

These results indicate that a team approach might be best for dealing with depression and obesity. what can you do?  Work with a Registered Nutritionist, perhaps a fitness trainer for food and exercise… as well as get to the ROOT problem! Obesity and depression are symptoms… not the root cause.  Find the Root, Heal the Root and then learn how to thrive in your life with life long healthy habits.   I help women and teens do just this! and In order to do this… I provide  breakthrough sessions where we get to the root cause, heal it with technique such as time line therapy (R), NLP and Hypnosis as well as some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Connect with me to book your complimentary 30 minute discover session, Your worth it.

Coming up January 9th – Talk ~ Mental Health 4 Women – Discover the 3 Massive Mistakes women make that keep them struggling!  Join me and register HERE today for this talk.

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Are you ready to make the necessary shifts to get the results you desire for yourself?  I am here to help you!

Learning to make positive shifts, especially a shift in mindset are key to creating our best life.  Our mindset affects every area of our lives ~ If we are struggling in our personal lives, it will ultimately affect our business, career and relationships.  The techniques used truly is short term therapy with long term results.

Lynn has had several careers and a varied background in Social Services, Recruitment, Business and Sales as well as Health, Fitness & Nutrition for over 25 years.  She specializes in services for women and teens with mental health issues, with businesses providing NLP Trainings, Corporate Values Alignment, Increase Sales, Weight Optimization & Fat Loss, Sport Performance, Chronic Pain, Quit Smoking, Releasing Negative emotions such as Anger, Sadness, Depression, Anxiety, Fear, Stress & PTSD.

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