Understanding the Link Between Obesity and Depression
By Fernando Garcia on November 24, 2015
When patients meet with Dr. Fernando Garcia at his Tijuana weight loss surgery practice, he always stresses the many different benefits of bariatric surgery. Undergoing effective weight loss procedures such as gastric sleeve surgery can contribute to good physical health while also improving mental health and overall outlook on life.
It's with this in mind that we'd like to consider the ways that depression and obesity are linked, and how undergoing bariatric surgery may be a way to help address both issues.
Depression and Obesity May Be Intertwined
A number of studies have found that people who suffer from depression are also struggling with obesity and a high body mass. Given the current numbers about depression and obesity in the United States, it's maybe no surprise that there's some crossover.
It's estimated that 1 in 10 people in America suffer from depression; it's also estimated that there are roughly 70 million obese people in the United States. To some extent this is a matter of correlation rather than causation, but it's important to take these matters seriously.
How Obesity May Cause or Contribute to Depression
According to some research, people who are obese or morbidly obese are roughly 25 percent more likely to suffer from a mood disorder such as depression. Given how obesity can lead to issues with self-esteem and self-images as well as contributing to sensations of isolation, it's no surprise that obesity can result in a more severe case of depression.
How Depression May Cause or Contribute to Obesity
Teenagers who suffer from depression have exhibited a tendency to become overweight or obese over time. This may be linked to poor food choices, low levels of exercise and physical activity, substance abuse, or self-destructive behaviors. Sometimes people overeat as a way of coping with depression, which is also a link that is worth considering in such matters.
Can weight loss surgery help treat both obesity and depression?
Undergoing weight loss surgery can certainly help help patients lose excessive weight, improve self-image, enhance general health, and potentially enhance overall feelings of psychological wellness. There are multiple positives from different angles when it comes to bariatric surgery, which is why it's worth considering treatment if you are obese or morbidly obese.
Note: Adjusting to Life After Weight Loss Surgery Can Be a Challenge
Even though weight loss surgery can be quite beneficial to patients, it can also result in a number of hurdles in adjusting to your new lifestyle. A number of patients who struggled with depression prior to surgery will still struggle with depression afterward. That said, counseling and discussion of your issues with a therapist, loved ones, and your support network can help you through these difficult times.
Learn More About Your Weight Loss Surgery Options
If you would like to learn more about bariatric surgery and how it can help you achieve better overall health and wellness, be sure to contact our bariatric surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia looks forward to your visit and helping you address all of these matters to the best of his ability.