Science shows losing weight helps with depression


Losing weight can have many positive effects on the body. Now researchers are finding new links between weight loss and the effects it has on the mind.

The research paper titled “The interface of depression and obesity” explores the relationship between weight loss and depression. As you may already know, obesity is an issue that has been on a steady incline in the American population. Now it is estimated that more than 42% of the adult population in the US is overweight.

The adverse effects of being overweight

In the US, obesity-related complications like cardiovascular disease and diabetes are the leading causes of preventable and premature deaths. Keeping your weight in check helps build a healthy body and in turn more years to live.

Most commonly we see that obesity or overweight is linked with their physical aspects of the body. We know that being overweight is bad for a person’s physical health. However, less is talked about how it affects the emotional wellbeing of a person.

Losing weight sure does feel good and now we find that it may have more to offer.

Losing weight linked with lowering depression

The research firstly established the correlation between mood disorders and weight loss. It is seen that people who are overweight have frequent mood disorders.

The research took a very comprehensive approach where it aims to address four different questions connecting obesity and depression.

  • Does obesity reduce the effectiveness of antidepressants
  • The effect of depression on obesity
  • Does treating obesity create a positive change in depression
  • Does treating depressive disorders create a positive change in obesity

The results of the research give promise to people who are battling both fronts – Depression and Obesity.

Surprising results and hopeful results

The research was conducted on people who had a BMI of over 30 and was suffering from depressive disorders. The research concluded that there is indeed a connection between depression and obesity. And the treatment of one condition can lead to improving the effects of the other condition. The final takeaway was that before we charting a treatment plan for obesity or depression, it is important to see whether a person suffers from the other condition. If so, then treatment should be devised in such a way that it takes all the factors into consideration. 

We also have data that such a dual treatment would indeed be effective. A medical investigation conducted in 2019 found out that treating weight loss and depression at the same time yields more results when compared with just treatment one at a time.

This investigation took in 409 participants who were suffering from obesity and depressive disorders. 205 participants were given the usual treatment plan from their physicians. The other 204 participants followed an intervention Diabetes Prevention Program–based behavioral weight loss treatment with problem-solving therapy for depression.

It was found out that the latter group showed greater signs of relief from obesity and depression. Hence, we need to understand the importance of a collaborative treatment plan based on the patient.

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