Is Weight Directly Proportional to the Severity of Depression?

Published:April 13th, 2011

Obesity may have a direct relationship with the occurrence of the symptoms of depression, says a study published in the February 2011 issue of the International Journal of Obesity.

Obesity is directly related to the ever increasing occurrence of health complications, including problems in mood and depression. In fact many studies and clinical trials reveal the improvements in the mood and alleviation of depression with healthy weight loss. Thus, through weight loss intervention measures, the symptoms of depression can possibly be eliminated.

According to this study, holistic lifestyle modification procedures appear to be far more superior in controlling depressions compared to dietary counseling alone and exercise program alone. On the other hand, dietary counseling and exercise program seem to be better compared to pharmacologic interventions and placebo in the management of depression.

Thus, the researchers of this study suggest that obese individuals should try losing some weight in order to overcome their depression symptoms. However, further clinical trials are still needed to establish this fact.


International Journal of Obesity; Intentional weight loss and changes in symptoms of depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis; Fabricatore, A.N., et al.; February, 2011



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