Depression and obesity are two very challenging health issues, and scientists continue to explore the complicated physical and psychological links between them. It is hardly surprising the two occur together. Ten percent of the U.S. population displays at least some symptoms of depression and two-thirds have excess weight or obesity. But, are the two functionally related?
For many of us, it’s easier to think about severely restricting what we do to see rapid gains in a short period of time, than it is to think about making long-term sustainable life changes.
It is now general knowledge that obesity has an effect on various other diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, sleep apnea and more recently, fatty liver disease; however, did you ever think that obesity could affect your immune system?
Discrimination toward people affected by obesity is common in our society, with individuals often facing negative stereotypes, bias and unfair treatment because of their weight.
I had gastric bypass surgery 15 years ago. My husband knew my plans. My sons knew my plans. The people I worked with knew my plans. Heck, strangers on the street knew my plans! My mother, however, did not know. Why? Because I didn’t tell her.
It may have taken years or decades of abnormal physiology and struggling with good choices to put weight on, but once we are committed to change, we want it off now!
Depression and obesity are two very challenging health issues, and scientists continue to explore the complicated physical and psychological links between them.
If weight-loss truly were easy, we would all be at our ideal body weight and we could put all the money we spend annually on weight-loss and treating obesity-related diseases toward paying off the national debt.
The first few months after bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, can seem easy. Things are different as you reach the one-year mark.
This is a great question and one that, ideally, should be answered before someone has bariatric surgery.