These questions are the subject of ongoing research, and have been for years, but what of the reverse link? Is it possible that Depression plays a part in creating obesity? If so, is there a different approach to treating both disorders, that we have overlooked? The stereotype image of the ever-laughing Fat Lady, with rosy cheeks, never really stood up to much scrutiny. Over the years, at the Elite Clinic, we have met many overweight women who tell us that they are happy with their size and shape, and some are, but many are maybe not.
And anyway, does it really matter? Well actually, for someone who has been battling to lose weight for any period of time, it probably matters a lot! Could it be possible that tackling depression could go someway to solving the obesity pandemic? Have we been missing a trick in the weight loss maze….How much more successful are dieting regimes, if the person is in a positive mind-set.
the lighter mood of a person, and their likelihood of successful weight loss. that over 40% of overweight people in the UK, (US figures are similar) are depressed, and many put their depression down to them being obese. But, maybe researchers were asking the wrong question. What if their obesity was in fact down to them being depressed?
even for the medical profession. It is, of course, easy to identify a person who is obese; it’s visible for all to see. But what about the depressed person? Many people are depressed, but don’t know it. Others may seem depressed to friends, but really aren’t. It seems that we all have stereotypes of what depression is, but they aren’t always accurate in reality, according to David Engstrom, PhD.
that overweight individuals have an elevated risk of suffering from depression. However, whilst the connection between the two conditions is accepted, what is not acknowledged, is what comes first, and why the connection even exists. In fact, the whole ‘Obesity Depression issue raises a number of interesting questions. Consequently, many people, striving to lose weight, ask if overcoming their depression will result in weight loss. Well, Martin and Marion are sure it will help.
, for example following bariatric surgery, indicates that when the overweight depressed person starts to lose weight, their mood lightens. Sometimes the depression just evaporates. Several recent studies have found significant improvements in depression, following major weight loss.
who have lost enormous amounts of weight, and then go on to develop a complete change in their persona. All of a sudden they want to experience different things, and their energy level is through the roof. The Depression, or low mood, has evaporated.
that have dissolved, because one of the partners has discovered a whole new life, following their weight loss. As a result, they want different things: they want to dance, they want to party, they really want to travel.
Joint Clinical Director at My Weigh Less, with over fifteen thousand hours of 1:1 clinical treatment time, how would she diagnose an individual as having a problem around food and nutrition, and being on the road to obesity, if she could not actually see them? She says.
that they were suffering with low self-esteem, experiencing a higher than normal level of dependence on alcohol, and fast, processed food. Also, I would expect them to be experiencing a reduction in quality sleep, resulting in a reduced level of activity, and a general feeling of lethargy”.
And as a result, it is easy to put together all the reasons why depression goes side by side with obesity.
. T socialising, because of their weight/size. Many also said they feared a worse outcome, should they be admitted to hospital, as an obese person, diagnosed with Coronavirus. And, of course, the recent pandemic has further increased the prevalence of obesity.
It is widely accepted that obesity in children can lead to bullying, and the child not being included in a number of activities. This may manifest itself into the sometimes serious issues around body image. Being labelled as obese, regardless of age, is often a factor that contributes to feelings of frustration, sadness, and general depression. Going forward, helping the younger generation understand their feelings, and how they can improve them, may become a part of the solution to childhood obesity.
might make depression more likely to occur initially, but once depressive symptoms arise, they might compound obesity, by making it harder for the individual to exercise as an example. Belief, and having an elevated level of self-esteem, are often markers for a successful weight loss outcome. However, ensuring the depressed person understands that their Belief drives Behaviour around weight loss, may be a challenge.
, and also the most researched therapy on the planet. You will very quickly learn the simple, but often life-changing lesson, that Belief always controls Behaviour. And when you understand that, you will be well on the way to recovery. Start to live in the present, accept the Life Architecture principle that it is your birth right, to live a happy and fulfilled life, just the same as it is for everyone else.
consists of twelve one hour weight loss sessions, with Martin and Marion Shirran. Between them they have accumulated an amazing ten thousand hours of treatment time in the weight loss arena. In addition to the twelve sessions, clients receive a number of videos, animated presentations, visual aids and hypnosis sessions.
is new and refreshing, incorporating the latest, science-based, behavioural change techniques. Completely based on an approach that has changed the lives of over a thousand people. You too can experience the benefits, the changes in your life, and your thinking around food: maybe today… Martin, above, went on to lose 84 pounds.
FAQ 1. What is the Fastest Way to Overcome Depression?
ANSWER: You may want to speak with your doctor, but prescription drugs are often not the preferred approach. Speak to friends and family, and share your feelings. Take a little gentle exercise, even if it’s only going for a walk. Try to increase your level of quality sleep. Read a book, or watch videos about CBT. Seek out a weight loss approach that works for you. Be committed and excited about your future.
FAQ 2. Will I Lose Weight as my Depression Lifts?
ANSWER: There is little doubt that the two issues are connected, weight loss is not a measure of reduced depression, but you will find it much easier to lose weight after your depression has eased. Be aware of the possible effect of weight gain from prescription anti-depressant medication.
FAQ 3. Do I need to see a doctor about my Depression?
ANSWER: It is always advisable to speak with your doctor, if you feel your depression is out of control. In many cases your depression will be transient: it will fade, and lighten over time. Do try and work through the suggestions in FAQ 1.
FAQ 4. How Fast will I lose Weight?
ANSWER: It is, in fact, one of the most common questions we are asked at the clinic. Of course, there is no standard answer. So many factors are included, including your starting weight, your age, your level of alcohol consumption etc. On the My Weigh Less Course, we would expect to see a long-term weight loss of around two pounds per week. As is normal in the first few weeks, the rate of weight loss will be higher.
FAQ 5. Will My Depression Lift Quickly?
ANSWER: Once again, there is no standard answer: everyone is different, and it depends on the level of depression being experienced . If you take the steps suggested in FAQ 1, and also start being positively motivated by seeing week on week weight loss, then you will quickly start to feel better.
FAQ 6. Will my Weight Loss be Permanent?
ANSWER: As we say multiple times on our website, helping someone to lose weight is, in our opinion, relatively easy. Ensuring that the weight loss is permanent, is the silver bullet. Martin and Marion Shirran have become Weight Loss Experts, on both sides of the Atlantic. They have treated over a thousand people, and the unique treatment they developed is focused exclusively on delivering Permanent Weight Loss results.