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What Are Common Mental Health Problems Of The Obese
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
DM, BP and arthritis: The most common problem with long term obesity is arthritis. Carrying around extra weight causes a lot of wear on the hips knees and ankles as well as the lower back. If you have diabetes and high blood pressure in the family then being overweight can make those problems worse as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
THE Cause...: Obesity is a major global problem and contributes to numerous other chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and cancer. Obesity for many is due to the combination of poor food choices/excess calories (mostly carbs) and a sedentary lifestyle. Here is a fact sheet on obesity: http://bit.Ly/lp2qiw. ...Read more
Occupational?: There are only so many different catagories of things. There are emotional, physical, occupational, spiritual and social factors which effect our lives. Obesity can affect any and all of these. Medically speaking, obesity has biopsychosocial ramifications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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