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The Relationship Between Obesity and Depression

Published on July 19, 2018

There are times when your physical appearance and general health can cause issues with your mental health. A very common example of this is the relationship between obesity and depression. The medical condition of obesity or morbid obesity does not directly cause a person to experience depression. The relationship between the two comes from how obesity affects a person’s perception of themselves, how they perceive judgement from other people regarding their weight and how their other comorbidities affect their lives.

Some studies have found that individuals who are considered obese are 25% more likely to develop a mood disorder such as depression than those who are considered to be at a normal weight. Obese individuals are more likely to have low self-esteem and poor self-image. Obesity can also lead to social isolation. All of these factors are known to contribute to the development of depression.

In addition, obesity can also lead to diabetes, joint pain, sleep apnea and hypertension. Experiencing these physical ailments has also been linked to the development of depression.

In some cases, depression can cause a person to become obese or may make it even more difficult for an obese individual to make the lifestyle changes they need to lose weight. Studies have shown that depressed individuals who are obese or on the verge of becoming obese are much more likely to experience substantial weight gain.

One of the reasons we are passionate about bariatric surgery at Western Surgical Bariatric Center is because we know the many benefits that surgical weight loss offers our patients. Our goal is to help patients improve their overall quality of life by providing them with the surgical care they need. If you believe bariatric surgery can help to improve your quality of life, contact our office to schedule a consultation.