When it comes to obesity and depression, it’s a case of which came first – the chicken or the egg? Depression is an important condition that is far more commonly found in Australians with obesity. People experiencing depression are more likely to overeat or make poor food choices, avoid exercising, and become more
sedentary. Obesity can cause poor self-image, low self-esteem, and social isolation.
Psychological stress leads to hormonal and chemical patterns that cause weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and sleep disturbance. These conditions aggravate tiredness, lethargy and depression. When people seek treatment for depression, some of our most effective medications also increase hunger and weight gain.
So we have a picture of frustration and despair where people wrongly feel “it’s entirely my fault”. The good news is – treating obesity treats depression. When their obesity is treated, over half of suffers find their depression also resolves.
If you struggle with obesity and depression, start the conversation with your doctor to obtain the most effective weight loss treatment available, for a healthier happier you.
Similarly, if you notice someone who might be struggling - start the conversation!
Staying connected and having meaningful conversations with someone is something we can all do. We don't need to be experts at talking - you just need to be a good friend and a great listener.