Weight Gain Can Lead to Depression

Packing on a few pounds is depressing. But did you know that depression has officially been linked to obesity?

It’s sad but true.

Writing for PsychCentral.com, Rick Nauert, Ph.D. notes, “New evidence points to a link between obesity and depression, even in the absence of additional health problems. The findings stem from a large scale genomic analysis which suggests the psychological impact of being overweight causes depression rather than associated illnesses such as diabetes.”


Research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology concludes that being overweight can sink you into depression.


Numbers don’t lie. About 43 percent of adults with depression are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, adults who’ve been diagnosed with depression are more likely to be overweight than those who haven’t.


Healthline.com notes: “Obesity is often associated with emotional issues, such as sadness, anxiety, and depression. One 2010 study found that people who were obese had a 55 percent greater risk for developing depression over the course of their life than people who weren’t obese.”


So, if you suffer from depression are you at greater risk for obesity?

Healthline notes, “People with depression or anxiety may experience weight gain or weight loss due to their condition or the medications that treat them. Depression and anxiety can both be associated with overeating, poor food choices, and a more sedentary lifestyle. Over time, weight gain may eventually lead to obesity.”


Dr. Jess Tyrrell, of the University of Exeter Medical School, said, “Obesity and depression are both global health problems that have a major impact on lives and are costly to health services. We’ve long known there’s a link between the two, yet it’s unclear whether obesity causes depression or vice versa, and also whether it’s being overweight in itself or the associated health problems that can cause depression.

“Our robust genetic analysis concludes that the psychological impact of being obese is likely to cause depression. This is important to help target efforts to reduce depression, which makes it much harder for people to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.”


Obesity and other weight conditions can lead to health problems that include joint pain, diabetes and hypertension. These conditions also happen to be risk factors for depression.


The bottom line: Depression can lead to obesity and weight gain can trigger depression. It’s a vicious cycle that you can thwart by eating healthier, losing weight and seeking professional help if you feel depressed. MealPLanMap.com can help you with the first two – so give us a look and let us make you happier and healthier.



John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.


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