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How does obesity affect your mental health?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Sometimes depression: Obesity and depression can be seen together. The person may use food to soothe sadness, and in doing so, gains more and more weight. Then he realizes that he has become obese, and gets depressed because he feels less attractive, is unable to run as fast or jump as high as he used to do, feels helpless as he can't seem to stop eating, etc... When he eats to soothe his depression, the cycle goes on.
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Many ways: Obese individuals are more likely to be depressed and stressed. They are more likely to experience physical ailments and pain which also contribute to mental health problems. There is also tremendous amount of stigma in society regarding weight from news media to school yard bullying - this contributes to poorer self image. It is a cycle that feeds itself through emotional overeating.

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How will obesity affect cognitive and mental health?

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Lowers Self Esteem: Obesity tends to lower a person's self esteem, which can lead to depression or anxiety, both of which can have cognitive effects. No reduction of intelligence is expected, but a possible alteration of memory and mood can lead to poor concentration, attention, and decreased endurance. Exercise, good nutrition, and positive sleep schedule can help reduce the impacts of obesity.
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What are common mental health problems of the obese?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Depression sometimes: Obese people, like non-obese people, come in all moods and personalities. However, depression symptoms can be seen more often in obese people. Some people who are depressed eat a lot to try to soothe their sadness. Other obese people become depressed due to the social and medical complications of obesity. Depression is treatable with medications. Compulsive eating, as an ocd, occurs sometimes.
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Is obesity associated with any mental health illnesses?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Sometimes depression: Obese people, like non-obese people, come in all moods and personalities. However, depression symptoms may be seen more often in obese people. Sometimes, people who are depressed eat a lot to try to soothe their sadness. Other times, obese people become depressed due to the social and medical complications of obesity. Depression is treatable with medications.
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Unfortunately, some of the medications used for depression, psychosis, and bipolar disorder may also cause weight gain.
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Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Medications such as tricyclic anti-depressants, and anti-psychotics including Abilify, Seroquel, and Geodon , and mood stabilizer like Lithium, tend to lead to weight gain. These common findings can lead to mentally ill persons becoming obese and then fuels feelings of hopelessness and social rejection, destroying self esteem. Metabolic Syndrome is a risk factor for these folks.
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