Article written by Biologist Matthew Denos
Clinical health psychologist David Engstrom conducted extensive research on the connection between depression and obesity and published his findings. Dr. Engstrom’s work is similar to what many other health experts have been alluding to over the years: being overweight leads to depression. According to Engstrom, the leading causes of weight gain are lack of physical activity and increased appetite, which incidentally are symptoms of depression. Therefore, it is quite clear that there is some link between the two.
Not only does Dr. Engstrom highlight the fact that obesity can cause depression, but has also hinted that weight loss can help alleviate many of the symptoms of depression. As published in his findings, his subjects had a better Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) score after losing weight. BDI is a widely used measure for depression. Prior to weight loss, the same subjects had a significantly higher BDI score. This enabled him to float the idea that losing weight could help ease off depression in obese people. (photo courtesy)
How You Can Lose Weight
Weight Watchers prescribes an increase in the level of physical activity for you. Exercise is one of the best ways to cure depression. When you work out regularly, your brain releases endorphins. These are hormones that make you feel happy and good about yourself, exactly what you need to counter depression.
Weight Watchers provides detailed dietary guidelines for you to follow as well. Over time, you will be able to improve your eating habits, which is essential for losing weight. There is no evidence regarding any specific food items causing depression, but switching to healthy food does help you get rid of it.
These are the two main ways in which Weight Watchers can help you get rid of obesity and depression at the same time.
Now there have been several people who have benefited from this weight loss program. Here’s a success story.
Weight Watchers – The Andrea Cotell Story
Andrea Cotell’s tale of weight loss is aptly titled ‘From Depressed to Distance Runner’. Andrea is a mother of four. There was a point in her life where she had just had her fourth child, a happy occasion that was followed by the demise of her brother. To cope with pent-up feelings, she began overeating. Then came a point where she hated her body and used to cry and complain all the time. That is when she discovered Weight Watchers. For those who don’t know, Weight Watchers runs promotional discount campaigns throughout the year (see weightlosstriumph).
Following the program religiously, Andrea experienced gradual weight loss. At first, she had trouble following the program because of her poor eating habits. She also discovered that she couldn’t run without feeling pain and fatigue because of her weight. However, she stuck with the plan, using blogging as a means of letting her emotions out. She also used the message boards on the Weight Watchers website for guidance and support. From depressed, Andrea today has become a distance runner.
If Andrea can do it, so can you. It is a simple matter of setting a goal and achieving it through hard work and perseverance. Weight Watchers can help you fight depression and obesity. There are few other programs as effective as WW. So give it a go and see the results for yourself.