When you have depression it is usually followed by problems in weight (either weight gain or weight loss). This article will tackle about ways in which you can manage these two dilemmas. Having these two problems at the same time can be very draining. Many people gain some weight when they feel depressed while others lose a lot of weight however both scenarios can be harmful to a person up to some point. The question we always ask is which of the two comes first? How do we separate the link of these two from each other primarily when depression drained us of our energy to perform such changes? Here are some tips from the experts that we ought to know.
Depression and Weight Gain
Many studies proved that an increase in weight or obesity can be a factor in developing depression. Do we gain weight when we become depressed? Do people get depressed because they had definitely gained extra pounds on them? Actually, nobody knows. However, we know that depression poses a lot of symptoms that can lead to the worsening of obesity in some cases like loss of interest on things or work, feelings of unworthiness or tiredness, and appetite disturbance. Science shows that people who are depressed most likely to gain weight easily compared to people who are not feeling down. The extra load of pounds that they carry pile up and can be noticeable in the waistline. And that is not good to look at. Fats concentrated in the belly area is another risk factor that contributes to cardiovascular diseases (heast disease and increase in blood pressure) or even the deadly diabetes (type 2). Depression on the other hand is a problem that comes with a set of its own risk factors; suicidal ideations, anxiety, social isolation, addiction on alcohol and drug substances, and so much more. It doesn’t matter which comes first, gaining weight or feeling depressed, both can be unhealthy especially when combined.
Eating Yourself Blue
Foods are that have high sugar content or have high fat content on it makes you feel good temporarily. When you feel better however you tend to crave and search for more of these feel good food items. When that happens, you feel frustrated on yourself to a point which will lead you to feel more depressed. The more you are depressed, the more you eat a lot as well as the more you gain weight. Mind you, this is the natural cycle.
Getting out of that cycle can be a real challenge.
When you feel depressed, you lack energy. You don’t have the will to get up and you feel tired all the time plus you do not have the interest to check on your diet whether you are eating the right meal or not that’s just it. On the doctor’s point of view, nothing matters whichever comes first, weight gain or depression. They are more focused on the intervention. Which of the two problems should be addressed first.
If a patient comes and the patient is obese and in severe depression, the depression should be take care of first and foremost. But if the eating problem continues, like binge eating, and it worsens it should be tackled first.
Weight Loss and Depression
Base on studies conducted, weight gain proposes a high association on the condition of a highly depressed person, it is not always the case. Not all depressed people tend to gain weight; some others experience gradual loss of weight. People who have severe depression slowly losses weight for several reasons like if they lack energy and on other pleasurable things, they loss interest in preparing or even eating food too.
Depression also is associated with eating disorders. Anorexic patients are often depressed. Patients like them are malnutrition and they have lower body weight. Their brain cells starve then they show symptoms of depression. When you feed these patients, their depression eases. That is the only solution.
If You Move, You Lose – Pounds and Depression
Treating the depression of people involves medication most importantly. The next step is talk therapy. Some other interventions should include eating a well- balanced meal to cope up with the weight problems then of course exercise and some other lifestyle changes. Some antidepressants medications make the patients gain more weight, this is the side effect so it is very important to inform them beforehand. This is where exercise should be advised. To handle the weight gain and depression, they should be the one first to show willingness to do something for themselves.
Some doctors prescribe walking as an exercise. They treat the patient’s depression for six weeks to eight weeks therapy then introduce gradual exercise to counteract the weight problems. If depression is already controlled, the other problems would be easy to handle.
Be Active, Make Choices, Feel Better
Doing exercise can help prevent depression and the weight problems that come with it. Regular exercise is the answer in treating depressions of mild and moderate degree. It can also be helpful in depression in severe cases. It is therapeutic if someone feels good doing something for themselves. Avoid unhealthy foods and maintain a good habit of eating some fruits and vegetables.