The Link Between Depression and Obesity

Depression and obesity are often thought to be dependent on one another. If someone is overweight we often think they may be sad or depressed. A recent article in the International Journal of Obesity entitled, ”Intentional weight loss and changes in symptoms of depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” studied whether obesity causes depression. The reason for the study was based on the idea that people who are obese often report improvements in mood and well-being after weight loss. The researchers compared the people who used different weight loss methods such as lifestyle change, diet, and pharmacotherapy. They searched articles from 1950 to 2009 to learn if studies showed that people reported feeling better from losing weight and what they were doing to lose weight. What they learned was that changing your lifestyle was the best way to reduce symptoms of depression. Exercise and choosing healthier foods was far better than using obesity drugs and reduced symptoms of depression.