The Depression and the body Weight Connection


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And inflammation is believed to be a factor in most diseases, including two of the biggest killers, diabetes and heart disease. Because inflammation is linked to depression, researchers believe that these macrophages may be the underlying mechanism connecting obesity and depression. Belly fat is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Depression, of course, comes with its own set of risk factors, including suicide, social isolation, drug and. The relationship between depression and body weight may vary and be influenced by sociodemographic factors.

Mechanisms related to coping with depressive symptoms, as well as the stigma associated with obesity is likely to vary in different sociocultural environments. For instance, obesity is especially prevalent among black women. Several studies have found excess weight to be linked with depression symptoms, a history of depression, and other measures of psychological distress (e.g. anxiety). 1 Typically, a stronger link has been found in whites, people under the age of 65, and in those with more education and income. 2,3 Earlier studies also suggest a stronger link in women compared to men.

Howeve. A bidirectional relationship between obesity and depression may exist, though previous results are conflicting. The objectives of our study were to determine whether there is a bidirectional relationship between obesity and symptoms of depression in younger adults and whether this relationship varies with sociodemographic factors. Similarly, a 2017 study found that a diet rich in fruit, whole grains, vegetables, fish, olive oil and low-fat dairy was associated with a. While depression is often thought of as a mental illness, it also plays a heavy role in appetite and nutrition.

Some people cope by overeating or bingeing. This can lead to weight gain and obesity. The patients who did report that body image was an issue showed higher levels of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and suicidality. This presents a real concern because often times, many of those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts don’t express that their poor body image could be an underlying reason for their depression.

Your mental health impacts your physical health. When you deal with feelings of nervousness, apprehension, fear, and dread, it’s going to take a toll on your body. If you’re struggling with unwanted weight loss due to stress, it’s helpful to learn. Unpleasant Pressures, Sensations of weight, Heaviness, Tension absorbing ones focus and attention This correlation between Depression and the Somatic\Bodily Symptoms has been appreciated for years.

Both painful and non – painful symptoms essentially characterize the clinical states of the Depressive-Mood.

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Of course, weight gain contributes to depression and a range of health problems, including the stress-related wear and tear on physiology that is part and parcel of the state of ill health related to trauma and depression.

“Coping With Trauma: Hope Through Understanding” by Jon G. Allen
from Coping With Trauma: Hope Through Understanding
by Jon G. Allen
American Psychiatric Publishing, 2008

The objective signs of depression are changes in weight (either gain or loss), inability to sleep or excessive sleeping, feeling tired, slowed motor activity, and agitation.

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Anxiety, hopelessness, anhedonia, sleep disturbances, and weight loss are more prominent features in latelife depression.

“The Brigham Intensive Review of Internal Medicine E-Book” by Ajay K. Singh, Joseph Loscalzo
from The Brigham Intensive Review of Internal Medicine E-Book
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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

Several studies have suggested a relationship between excess body weight and depression.

“Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance” by Thomas F. Cash
from Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance
by Thomas F. Cash
Elsevier Science, 2012

Depression causes weight loss, sleeplessness (early morning wakening), sense of tiredness and exhaustion, vague aches and pains or other physical symptoms.

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Yet psychiatrists argue that there is a material change in the body as a result of loneliness and sleep deprivation, as changes in cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’) production impacts on both sleeplessness and weight gain.

“A Biography of Loneliness: The History of an Emotion” by Fay Bound Alberti
from A Biography of Loneliness: The History of an Emotion
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Oxford University Press, 2019

Indeed, the weight gained during episodes of depression can be considerable; for example, in the Weissenburger et al. (1986) study, the average weight gain during a depressive episode was more than 17 pounds.

“Handbook of Treatment for Eating Disorders” by David M. Garner, Paul E. Garfinkel
from Handbook of Treatment for Eating Disorders
by David M. Garner, Paul E. Garfinkel
Guilford Publications, 1997

Depression and weight gain: the serotonin connection.

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People who suffer from depression may experience weight gain or weight loss, sleepiness or insomnia, feelings of worthlessness, decreased interest in activities that were once pleasurable, difficulty in thinking or concentrating, continuous sadness, and thoughts of suicide or death.

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Like weight loss and diminished appetite, sleep changes commonly occur in older adults, and they may or may not be caused by depression.

“Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults” by Carol A. Miller
from Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults
by Carol A. Miller
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

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  • is it just me or was anybody else struggling to find the workbook? i also wanted to say Thank you Kati. I’ve been struggling with people taking me seriously when i reach out for help. I fit into the category of not sick enough most of the time, but watching your videos kind of remind me not to give up, My views and opinions about my own mental health and body are valid. so thank you and i enjoyed more information on this topic specifically.

  • It’s so nice to hear someone say “you’re doing great”, even if it’s someone I haven’t met through a YouTube video. Really appreciate your vlogs they’re motivational & factual. Nice that someone is cutting through all the misinformation out there

  • I finally found a doctor who understands this. I said I’m depressed and fat and fat and depressed. Sounds rude, but it’s true. It’s a circle jerk of fuckery. She didn’t give me the diet and exercise bullshit after realizing that I’m an emotional eater already on Prozac and in therapy. She added Phentermine. Fingers crossed I can get it together to enjoy the little bit of young adulthood I have left.

  • I’ve already started to do more exercise now, happy about that, also I made a deal with myself, sweet bread is my comfort food, so now I’m eating it once a week as opposed to 3 to 4 times a week, eating my weekly bread as I watch this right now:p

  • I wish you made videos that actually addressed and recognized that therapists and other care providers can be extremely sizeist and prejudiced towards their fat patients. And in this video, I was grateful for what you said but I wish you put emphasis on the fact that when people have a fat friend or someone who is gaining weight and you want to support them, it should be emotionally, like through boosting their self esteem, not trying to get them to lose weight with useless dieting tips they already have heard a thousand times or pushing them to lose weight in any way. It shouldn’t be framed that way. The most important thing is that we can love ourselves, not that we look the way society wants us to. Which, by the way, we will never be able to do.

    Also… My weight wasn’t caused my binge eating. My doctor used to tell me, when I first started gaining weight, really useless shit like “put some potato chips in a bowl instead of eating from a bag.” I don’t even LIKE potato chips, and I hadn’t even tried them at the time because my parents didn’t buy them. I count calories and do so instinctively at this point in my life, I understand nutrition well and I wish I could get actual SUPPORT from SOMEONE rather than insults and ignorant recommendations and assumptions. BTW, no diabetes or high blood pressure here. Just extremely mentally ill and fat.

  • #katifaq Is it unusual for recovered anorexics to become medically obese? I am currently under the obese category for BMI. When I first started seeing my therapist six years ago, I was anorexic. I was very underweight, anemic, exhausted, and I would sometimes lose my leg strength and just fall over; I was like that for almost two years. My junior year of hs, I started seeing my therapist and we were working on getting me back to a healthy weight before tackling my other disorders and SH. Senior year, I was admitted into a psych ward for attempting suicide and I was forced into eating my meals. It seemed to flip this switch and though I struggled to physically eat for a while afterward, I suddenly started binge eating like crazy! Since then (four years later), I eat uncontrollably and I am constantly craving the need to just psychically eat; I could care less what it is, I just need to go through the habit of eating. Ever since I started gaining weight rapidly, food and my size never came back into convo in therapy and I feel uncomfortable talking about it face to face. 

  • I started to do a few push ups and sit ups for my anxiety and body dysmorphia but I started to get addicted tho and I think I am over exerciseing tho because I constantly get the urge to do push ups but my arms are beginning to hurt and I go crazy when I don’t do a tiny bit of exercise

  • I have just became Obese, after struggling being overweight for years, I also have a medical condition, underactive thyroid, some days I just do not have the energy to work out at all after work, but I do try when I can, this condition though is really getting me down, since I am 27, and I just want to be in better shape, these are meant to be the good years of my life.. sometimes I am good and avoid everything bad, but hardly lose anything per week, maybe one or two pounds, for two weeks in a row, but then last week put a load on, as soon as I go out of line, life really getting me down.

  • Things I do to keep from getting more depressed when I’m gaining weight-shove it all in a body shaper and put on a really cute outfit.��

  • Doc have you ever heard of ASEA? Redox Signaling Molecules? Total Health and Wellness,this will cure depression balancing out our hormones

  • I wish you were my doctor �� phentermine ive tried it and it has an antidepressant effect on me… but my pcp is not very keen in prescribíng it


  • I gained weight on SSRI’s (for ocd) without really eating more. I even exercise more than ever.,I’d like some advise that Is different than the exercise and food thing. It’s also impossible to loose weight. feel I’m gaining purely from my medicines. So frustrating! Switched 3 times already but still impossible to loose weight! THAT’d what causes depression.
    Tried Lexapro, no significant weight gain, but didn’t work for me.

  • Wellbutrin is like magic for me (18 months experince )
    1) i used to smoke one packet of cigarrate in everyday..
    2) i drank two bottle of beers in everyday..
    3) i am in manic depression
    4) my weight is 95kg..

    18 months later..

    1) I never to smoke cigarrate now..
    2) i never to drink alcohol now
    3) i am feeling so good myself now
    4) My weight is 82kg.. (-13kg)

    There is only one negattive side effect..
    My dream is high definition.. it is like real..
    This is my experince