Obese and depressed!
Sizable amount of evidence based on scientific and medical research suggests that obesity and depression are interlinked (Clifford. S., MD. (n.d.).
Before starting the weight loss journey there are things which everyone needs to know about obesity. Everyone talks about best weight loss surgery and best weight loss treatment but no one tells how psychologically excruciating it can become while discussing these options with someone who is facing the problem of obesity. This is the reason one needs to keep things in perspective of the one who is facing the problem of obesity as it can lead to further problems.
Now, have you ever felt that the life has touched a stone which you cannot remove in order to proceed further? It can be said that everyone, once or twice in life hit a corner like this. In our everyday schedule it gets hard to take the time out for doing exercise, which is as necessary as it can get to lead a healthy and a normal life. While, obesity and depression has been observed by many medical specialists as interlinked, one can say that this process is vice versa as well. That is, obesity can lead to depression and similarly, depression can lead to obesity. Both these situations are clearly and most onerously terrible for human health.
Obesity can lead to a lower self-esteem as well, which can further lead to depression. How is this possible? Let’s consider an adolescent who has a family tendency of gaining weight, now that child is looked upon as someone who is “fat”, he or she is called out with names at school or simply putting they are bullied at one point or the other because of their weight ordained physical attributes. This situation is highly likely to occur and can be regarded as circumstantial as well. That very child if goes through this terrible ordeal of getting bullied at school, will stop making physical interactions, which can lead to social isolation and it is a very well-known fact that social isolation can lead to depression (Clifford. S., MD. (n.d.).
Obesity is the root cause of many health issues. This fact too is well known, since on-going medical research suggest that obesity is interlinked with many health issues like, heart disease, liver diseases, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, cancer, stroke etc. and many others (Health Risks of Being Overweight, 2015).). Let us consider for a minute that a person who happens to have a higher digit on BMI (Body Mass Index) chart, realizes that she/he is under the constant threat of getting these diseases, what and how will it have an impact on their mind? Definitely, the answer to this will be, “drastically!” This feeling of being high on risk level, too can lead to lower self-esteem. Wherever such words as anxiety, low self-esteem come there is a higher factor which delves one into the clutches of depression.
When a person is facing anxiety, that person looks for ways to relive him/herself. The considered ways are not adequate or simply putting, more harmful to health. Since, depression leads to further health related problems as well. People opt for unhealthy or abnormal ways of reducing their weight, when they see that they have crossed the normal line on BMI chart, they go for rigorous self-made diet plans and consider “not eating” as the easiest solution to reduce weight. Sometimes this too occurs that a person going through acute depression changes his/her eating habits to extreme which is often referred to as “binge eating” (J. Pells. (n.d.). Anxiety and Overeating.)
Now, the question comes in mind that, what does eating has to do with anxiety? It has to do a lot actually, because when one goes through some sort of anxiety at work, school, universities etc. if not anything else all of it falls on overeating. Since, human beings are complex beings; we look out for ways to deter our attention from the real issue at hand at the beginning (J. Pells. (n.d.). Anxiety and Overeating.), this is where a lot of people lose their way and end up in places they never thought they would be in the first place and that place is dark!. Now, if you keep on eating and do no physical exercise what do you think will happen? Yes! Obviously one will gain more weight than he or she actually have at the moment. This leads to further problems as a whole and opens up a new genre and plethora of other psychological and physical health related issues at the same time.