11 doctors weighed in:
Is obesity associated with any mental health illnesses?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Unfortunately, some of the medications used for depression, psychosis, and bipolar disorder may also cause weight gain.
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
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.
Dr. Gerald Bausek
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Obesity
Yes, many. Depression, eating disorders, stress disorders, chronic anxiety may all be associated with obesity.
Using food for comfort can be a common denominator. Additionally, medications used to treat mental disorders may cause or contribute to obesity. Working with a nutritionist to improve eating habits may help. Discussing medications with your doctor is important.

In brief: Obesity
Yes, many. Depression, eating disorders, stress disorders, chronic anxiety may all be associated with obesity.
Using food for comfort can be a common denominator. Additionally, medications used to treat mental disorders may cause or contribute to obesity. Working with a nutritionist to improve eating habits may help. Discussing medications with your doctor is important.
Dr. Gerald Bausek
Dr. Gerald Bausek
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