Obesity Linked to Mental Health Problems

by Sheela Philomena on  January 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM Obesity News
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People who are obese are more prone to have mental health problems, says an Australian study.

Researchers collected data on the physical and mental health of more than 1200 Queensland-based volunteers.
 Obesity Linked to Mental Health Problems
Obesity Linked to Mental Health Problems

Older obese participants, those aged 45 to 54 years, were found to be more likely to report emotional problems had affected their work or social activities compared with their healthy peers.

They were also less likely to have felt calm in the month prior to the study, though it was not clear whether obesity was the cause or effect of their mental health problems.

"It's one of those, 'what comes first, the chicken or the egg' type of things," the Courier Mail quoted Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) spokesperson Lisa Renn as saying, commenting on the research.

"If someone is obese they are going to have problems with their physical health, and poor physical health can lead to issues with self-esteem and body image and that increases anxiety and depression.

"The other side is those people who are suffering from anxiety and depression have a decreased ability to focus on their health."

Institute for Health and Social Science Research at the Rockhampton campus of Central Queensland University conducted the research.

The study has been published in the Australian Health Review.

Source: ANI

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ennairam_23 Friday, February 4, 2011

Yes, obesity can lead to mental health problems. If you're obese, you're most likely to have lower self-esteem and confidence which can lead to depression.

ricky121 Wednesday, February 16, 2011

obesity is a major problem in modern world. i am working in a hospital and i have seen lots of people are having this problem. its has become a fast world now. so most of the time people take fast food. bcoz they are cheep, easy to cook or buy and very tasty also. but this this is creating major obesity problems. obesity can affect blood sugar level also. missed periods

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