Shedding those unwanted kilos may result in a wide variety of improvements - all of which can make you feel better about your body and your life.
Losing weight may improve your health. Sometimes depression is related to having a chronic illness such as diabetes or heart disease. When disease symptoms improve, your mood may lift too.
Slimming down may make you feel more attractive. You may find yourself getting more compliments—and feeling more like being romantic with your partner.
Feeling more attractive may also make you more likely to go out with friends…and this can counteract the loneliness associated with depression.
As you stop obsessing about food and overeating, you may feel less guilty and more positive about your progress—all of which contributes to a better self-image.
Weighing less also means you may have more energy to do the things you love. Exploring your creativity may help you feel better mentally too.
Losing weight may make it easier for you to get a good night’s sleep. While poor sleep doesn’t cause depression, it can make symptoms worse. On the other hand, being well rested can improve how you feel both physically and mentally.
Regular exercise - which is part of a healthy weight-loss program - may relieve symptoms of depression as well as antidepressants do. It may also help you sleep better.
Fueling your body with good foods—another important part of a healthy weight-loss program—may help stabilise your mood.
Depression is a serious condition, it’s important to talk to your doctor if you think you are depressed.
If you’re considering Bariatric Surgery, make sure you tell the surgeon what, if any, medications you are taking for depression. And be sure to continue taking those medications for as long as your doctor says you should. Be honest with your doctors about your physical and mental health so they can better help you meet your goals for a healthier, happier life.
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