Obesity & Mental Health

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Obesity & Mental Health

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1

Recent studies have also shown that many causes of obesity are the result of mental illnesses.

Explanation:
Recent studies have also shown that many causes of obesity are the result of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and binge eating.
2

About 23 percent of adults with depression are obese.

Explanation:
Obesity is often associated with emotional issues, such as anxiety and depression. Obese people have been found several times to have higher rates of depression. About 43 percent of adults with depression are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
3

One of the most common side effects of prescription antidepressants is weight gain.

Explanation:
One of the most common side effects of prescription antidepressants is weight gain. Experts aren’t sure why some people gain weight when they take antidepressants; one theory is that they may affect hunger levels and metabolism.
4

All antidepressants lead to weight gain.

Explanation:
Antidepressants that might lead to weight gain include tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and atypical antidepressants.
5

Obesity can also increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Explanation:
Obesity can also increase your risk of chronic back pain, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes.