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What Is The Relation Between Obesity And Depression? Know How To Reduce Your Risk

Obesity and depression: Excess body fat is harmful for your health in various ways. It can affect your mental health as well. On the other hand depression can also make you overeat. Read on to understand the relation between obesity and depression.

What Is The Relation Between Obesity And Depression? Know How To Reduce Your Risk

Obesity can increase the risk of depression


  • Obesity can increase the risk of heart diseases
  • Regular exercise can help you fight both obesity and depression
  • There is a link between obesity and depression

Obesity is linked to several health issues. Excess body fat can be harmful for your body in various ways. It can significantly increase the risk of some serious health issues like heart diseases, diabetes, stroke, liver diseases, high blood pressure and many more. Unhealthy weight also affects various processes inside your body as well. A healthy diet and physical exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can also affect your mental health. Studies have highlighted the link between obesity and depression. People suffering from obesity are at a higher risk of depression and vice versa. Here's the link between the two.

The link between obesity and depression

Obesity can lead to depression: According to studies, obese people are more likely to experience depression as compared to those with a healthy weight. There can be several reasons behind it like low self-esteem or self-image and many more. Obesity can cause other health issues as well including joint pain or discomfort in performing other tasks. These factors can contribute to depression in people with obesity.


Depression can make you consume huge amount of calories
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Depression can lead to obesity: If you are depressed you at a higher risk of obesity. People who are depressed are more likely to overeat and they end up consuming a huge amount of calories. This can contribute to obesity. Lack of physical exercise when depressed also contributes to obesity.

Also read: How To Get Rid Of Depression? Tips To Help Treat Depression

How to fight depression and obesity?

Both depression and obesity have several risk factors in common. To reduce the risk of several diseases, it is extremely important to make several dietary and lifestyle changes.

1. Exercise regularly

Exercise can help you fight the risk of obesity as well as depression. Exercise can boost both mental and physical health. It is an effective way to reduce weight as well as symptoms of depression.


Regular exercise can help you fight both depression and obesity
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2. Consume a healthy diet

A healthy diet is extremely important for your weight as well as mental health. Dietary changes also affect both mental and physical health.

Also read: Dealing With Depression? These Small Dietary Changes Could Improve Your Mental Health

3. Do not ignore the symptoms

For both depression and obesity, you should not miss the symptoms. A slight change in weight should not be ignored. If you are gaining weight you should take necessary steps to control it at the initial stage itself. Similarly for depression, do not ignore the symptoms and get medical help as soon as possible.

Also read: Obesity And Brain Health: Excess Weight May Accelerate Brain Ageing; Know Tips To Prevent Obesity

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