The Vicious Cycle Of Obesity And Depression

What comes first, obesity or depression? According to recent research, they fuel each other: obesity often spawns depression, and depression frequently leads to overeating.

Examining almost 5,000 women between 45 and 60 years old, Seattle researchers found that women with clinical depression are more than twice as likely to have a body mass index of 30 or more, which is considered obese. Likewise, women who are obese are more than twice as likely to be depressed.

Researchers believe that, regardless of what came first, being overweight effects morale in such a way that many women feel hopeless about efforts to lose weight. Instead of focusing on weight, they recommend focusing on self-esteem, which can lead to a more optimistic approach to weight loss.