Effects of Obesity on Mental Health

Fried-chicken, steak, french fries, sausage, pizza, mashed potatoes with gravy, soda, mouthwatering desserts—when presented with these delicious food choices, it’s almost impossible for anyone to control their temptations. The delightful aroma entices your appetite, and tricks our brain to consume more than what is needed for the body. Such a phenomenon carries out over a long period of time and eventually results in obesity.

It has been estimated that approximately 300 million adults around the world are obese and another one billion are overweight. The lethal combination of unhealthy foods and sedentary lifestyles contribute to the growing rate of obesity. Today, consumption of processed food is at an all time high. The inexpensive and prevalent nature of unhealthy foods is deemed by us as the viable option over expensive healthier foods. Foods that are organic are usually sold in farmers markets which can be inaccessible or too expensive for most. However, there are many more healthier options to choose from. For example, there are always fresh fruits and veggies being sold at your local supermarkets. By just implementing small changes in our lifestyle we can greatly reduce the growing rates of obesity.

Obesity not only causes physical changes, but mental changes as well. Obesity results in mental health issues such as depression, low self-esteem, and distorted body image. According to a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, clinical depression was the highest among very obese people. The depression makes you feel weak, sad, and hopeless. As a result, you don’t enjoy life anymore. “In addition to anxiety and depression, a recent study by indicated a strong relationship between PTSD and obesity, with a 32.6% rate of obesity found among PTSD patients.” Low self-esteem depreciates your motivation levels and makes you feel like a weak link in society which can lead to suicidal thoughts. This can all be eliminated by taking care of our body. You can start by including healthier options into your diet, and trying to stay active throughout the day. These small changes will help you feel better instantly.

Next time when you sit at the dinner table, think about if you want to enjoy the moment and eat more, or if you want to maintain a balanced diet while still being able to feel good? Let’s eat right, think smart, and workout! How about we start now? I got my running shoes on! But, the question is, are you ready?

References:

Collingwood, Jane. "Obesity and Mental Health." Psych Central. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2015. <http://psychcentral.com/lib/obesity-and-mental-health/>.

Diamond, Lisa K. "Links between Obesity and Mental Health." Clinical Advisor. N.p., 01 Mar. 2010. Web. 06 Nov. 2015. <http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/features/links-between-obesity-and-mental-health/article/164957/>.

"Mind/Body Health: Obesity." American Psychological Association, n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2015. <http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/obesity.aspx>.

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