mothers, Parenting

Obesity Fuels Depression in Middle-Aged Women

We all want to be the best parents we can, but we have a harder time doing so when we’re obese. New research says obese middle-aged women tend to be depressed and their depression is fueled by excess weight, higher calorie intake, and physical inactivity.

“When people gain weight, they’re more likely to become depressed, and when they get depressed, they have more trouble losing weight,” said lead author Gregory Simon, M.D, a psychiatrist and researcher at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle.

In a study of 4641 women, those with clinical depression were more likely to be obese, defined as having a body-mass index of 30 or more.

“The stigma of being overweight could hurt self-esteem, and thus, efforts to lose weight, Simon said. “It’s not that these women are clueless,” he said. “It’s that they’re hopeless.”

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