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How does obesity affect your mental health?

How does obesity affect your mental health?

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. ...Read more

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Mental Health (Definition)

Mental health refers to the complex neuro-physiological state of well-being that is often observed and experienced through emotional, psychological, and social aspects of behavior. A combination of genetics and family history, culture and life experiences, and physiological health factors are all factors that contribute to one's experience of mental health. Unfortunately, the general term of mental health is often stigmatized and perceived as a negative; however, mental health includes positive aspects of health and well-being, including one's resilience, adaptability, and ability to ...Read more


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What are common mental health problems of the obese?

What are common mental health problems of the obese?

Low self esteem , de: Obesity sepially by women can lead to low self esteem and depression. And since all psych medications can have the risk for weight gain , many r not compliant with it or even refuse to take it. Therapy iis very important. ...Read more

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Is obesity associated with any mental health illnesses?

Is obesity associated with any mental health illnesses?

It can be: associated with many types of mental illness. It (or extreme thinness) is often seen in people who were sexually abused as a way to try to be less attractive to an abuser. People who are depressed may suffer from overeating and obesity (or lack of appetite and thinness) as well. ...Read more

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What kinds of issues can make obesity actually a mental health problem?

What kinds of issues can make obesity actually a mental health problem?

Hormones and health : Obesity actually disrupts circulating estrogen and testosterone leading to hormonal imbalances that affect mental health. The poor health that comes with obesity (diabetes, heart disease, joint disease) has a negative effect on mental health. Finally, obesity can worsen self-image and affect mental health. ...Read more

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How will obesity affect cognitive and mental health?

How will obesity affect cognitive and mental health?

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. ...Read more

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Is obesity always bad for your health?

Generally yes.: True, there is a population of people called "healthy fat" who are overweight but are pretty functional and have no real medical ills, but it's generally well accepted that obesity is unhealthy and leads to myriad medical problems. ...Read more

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How does child obesity affect the health?

How does child obesity affect the health?

Adversely: Obesity should be considered as the mother of ill health, especially in children, who will get more complications from the longer time to develop complications like heart disease, type 2 diabetes etc ...Read more

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What are health risks of obesity as a huskie?

What are health risks of obesity as a huskie?

Cancer: There is a higher risk of certain cancers with obesity such as cancers of 1. breast 2. endometrium ( uterine lining) 3. colon 4. kidney 5. thyroid 6. pancreas and possibly other cancers ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more