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The Link Between Obesity and Mental Illness

Seventy-three million Americans have obesity, and this number is only increasing. In order to stop this epidemic, we must analyze our thought patterns. Studies have shown that mental illnesses strongly correlate with the onset of obesity. Depression and anxiety are just a few examples of these illness’.

Depression and anxiety fuel negative thoughts. These thoughts can easily lead to binge eating or overeating, because food is often seen as nurturing. According to people struggling with depression and anxiety also tend to make unhealthy food decisions. Both these unhealthy food choices and binge eating episodes aggravate each other and lead to excessive weight gain. It’s imperative for us to start addressing the issue, before it gets out of hand. If you or someone you know is showing signs of depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, seek help. Speak to a doctor about the situation, and help stop the possibility of later complications.

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