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How Obesity and Depression are Related

Obesity was declared as a national epidemic in the year 2009. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American society has become “Obesogenic”. There is an ever-rising trend of consuming excess of unhealthy food and leading a sedentary life style. Of late, there are reports that this physical disorder is closely related to mental disorder-Depression. To be precise, according to researchers at the University Medical Center and GGZ Rivierduinen, Leiden, the Netherlands, Obesity and Depression are two ways related. This article tries to gain further insight on this health issue.

Knowledge Gained from Research:

  • Obese people have 55 percent chances of getting depressed.
  • Depressed people have 58 percent increased risks of getting obese.
  • The bidirectional link between Obesity and Depression is found to be more pronounced in Americans than Europeans.
  • Obesity and Depression increase the risks of heart diseases.
  • Exact reasons for the link between Obesity and Depression is not known yet.
  • But according to a proposed theory, Obesity can be treated as a swollen or inflammatory physical state.
  • And it is a known fact that inflammations increase the chances of Depression, medically.
  • Thin people are considered as beauty idols in American society.
  • This social trend makes the obese people feel dissatisfied and have low self-esteem, leading to a depressed state eventually.
  • Depressed people take antidepressants which are partially effective in dealing with the disorder.
  • But their dangerous side-effects are faced inevitably by the depression patients.
  • One such side-effect of anti-depressants is that it may disturb our endocrine system and make us Obese.
  • In this way, there is a possible two-way nexus between Obesity and Depression.

Significance of this Research on American Society: 64 percent adults in United States are either overweight or obese. If the current trend continues, then projection by the year 2015 of overweight or obese adults will be 75 percent. Depression, on the other hand, is the leading cause of disability in this country for men and women belonging to the age group 15-44 years. An estimated 21 Million American get affected by this problem annually.

Apart from these disturbing statistics, there are new revelations from research. The latest research reports are hinting towards a dangerous association between Obesity, Depression, Type 2 Diabetes, Smoking and Heart diseases. All these health complications are too prevalent and rising in our society. Awareness in the society on fitness and realization at personal level to value our health, can ensure a change in the situation, for good.

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