Obesity and depression are the global health issues and mostly come hand-in-hand. Many studies have demonstrated that depression causes obesity and vice-a-versa.
We all are aware of the fact that obesity causes several health problems; amongst them, depression is on the top. This association is mostly higher in women than in men. According to studies, women with high BMI (>30 kg/m2) have a 21% high risk of depression, whereas men with the same BMI have only 8% of the risk.
Emotional impact of obesity
Obesity is the condition, in which one health problem leads to the development of several others. Obese people are self-conscious about their appearance, which has a greater impact on their emotional health. Some of the emotional health hazards associated with obesity include:
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Low self-esteem, social isolation, and behavioral issues are also common in obese individuals. Additionally, obesity affects other organs and may cause shortness of breath, sleep disturbances, chest pain, and digestive problems, which triggers the feeling of sadness and worsens depression.