Anxiety, depression leading causes of obesity in India

Obesity has emerged as one of the most critical health problems in India, especially, in urban areas. It has replaced the more traditional public health concerns. Obesity can be observed among 30-65 percent of the adult urban population

Anxiety, depression leading causes of obesity in India
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Dr Jaydeep Palep, Bariatric Surgeon, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, shares how obesity can invite various other health issues. Also, how anxiety and depression can lead to obesity in people, one of the leading health threats in India.

Anxiety and depression can lead to obesity. Obesity is one of the leading health threats to the people in India. Various health issues such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease can be associated with obesity.

Overweight and morbidly obese people are more prone to get a psychological disorder. The connection between body weight and mental disorders remains an open issue.

On the one hand, low body weight has been studied enough, for instance, anorexia nervosa, while on the other hand, high body weight has not been addressed sufficiently.

Those people, who are overweight are at an increased risk of mental health complication, including depression even in the absence of other health issues.

The research, published in the ‘International Journal of Epidemiology,’ showed that the psychological impact of being overweight causes depression, rather than associated illnesses such as diabetes. Mental conditions (anxiety and depression) lead to several health complications, including obesity which can host many other problems.

It is known that obesity is related to depression. Although a moderate level of evidence exists for a positive association between obesity and anxiety, the exact association is still not clear. The studies of this subject are very few, and they follow a different methodology. Furthermore, anxiety disorders share some common elements such as anxiety, avoidance, and chronicity, but they also present many differences in neurobiology, treatment response, and prognosis.

Anxiety and mood can lead to weight gain with inferring healthy eating or regular exercise. Overeating in response to stress varies from individual to individual.

Women are more likely to eat as compared to men in response to negative moods. Weight issue and dissatisfaction are more prominent in women as compared to men regards to being the concern. They can be judged me society as overweight and obese women.

Anxiety can lead to obesity, hence overcoming both anxiety and obesity becomes equally important. Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery or metabolic surgery) has come a boon for those who want to shed weight to get rid of ailments associated with it.

Bariatric surgery helps to shed the excess weight and control diabetic and other medical ailments like hypertension, abnormal cholesterol levels, joint pains, sleep apnoea, among others.

Being anxious or depressed can increase risks for obesity. Research indicates that people with high levels of anxiety and depression are at a higher risk for obesity.

Poor health conditions are closely linked with anxiety and depression, which may lead to obesity, thereby resulting in other complications, yet these conditions continue to receive limited attention in primary health care set up. It is high time we give priority to mental healthcare along with our physical health.

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