Obesity and mental health. Several studies have shown a positive association between obesity and various mental health problems, including depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Depression The study showed that obesity is associated with decreased self-esteem, lower self-esteem and greater depression. The authors wrote, “Obesity appears to play a key role in the development of depression.” Obesity is strongly associated with reduced self-esteem, reduced happiness, and increased anxiety and depression.
Obesity is associated with decreased self-esteem and reduced happiness, as well as with increased anxiety and depression.
Addiction A study published in 2014 examined the relationship between obesity and an individual’s current use of drugs. It revealed that individuals with high BMI (overweight people) were more likely to use drugs and alcohol than individuals of normal weight, and the use of drugs among obese individuals was twice that of healthy people.
Loneliness The study showed that obesity is associated with greater loneliness. “Obesity is associated with a greater risk of loneliness and a greater risk of unhappiness, depression, and addiction for obese individuals,” the authors wrote.
“A large percentage of obese individuals experience a negative impact on the quality of their lives, and they may lack coping skills,” the authors wrote. “Obesity is linked to higher levels of obesity-related stress, lower levels of self-esteem and lower levels of happiness.”