Studies indicate that obesity and depression are closely linked. People who are obese are more likely to be depressed, and people who are depressed are more likely to be obese.

In fact, a study conducted by the Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands, found that obesity increases the risk of depression in initially non-depressed individuals by 55 percent, and depression increases the risk of obesity in initially normal-weight individuals by 58 percent.

Obese individuals often become depressed because of the constant challenges they face. Challenges can include repeated failure with dieting; disapproval from family and friends; sneers and negative remarks from strangers; discrimination at work; and the inability to fit comfortably in theater, bus or plane seats.

Individuals experiencing depression are more likely to overeat or make poor food choices, avoid exercise and become more sedentary. Additionally, researchers have found that depressed people with decreased levels of the hormone serotonin have a tendency toward obesity because they overeat in an attempt to self-medicate and restore their serotonin levels to normal.

If you are obese and suffering the symptoms of depression, we can help. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery tend to shed their depression as they shed pounds. Our program includes behavioral assessment and treatment of depression that is related to obesity. Contact us today.