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This just in: being fat causes depression

Throughout my life, doctors have blamed my fat for bee-stings, broken ankle, PCOS, diabetes (I only have/had two of those four – guess which ones!). Today my doctors will be falling on their knees and praising the lord that they finally have something else to blame my fat for – my depression!

Warning: “Monster sarcasm rally” ahead

According to John “Try My Fad to Cure Your Depression” Hubert, I’m depressed because I’m fat!

There is never one singular cause to depression but a poor diet has been shown to play a role in the development of depression and a good diet has been shown to lift depression. There are different opinions as to whether your weight makes you depressed or you gain weight because you are depressed. For instance, was the person depressed so they ate to calm their emotions, or did the depression appear after you were already overweight.

Poor fatty iz doin it rong. Eat the lettuce not the twinkies. Cos all fat people stuff themselves every day and thin people are never depressed. I wonder what the cut off weight is for depression?

The WHO (World Health Organization) identifies depression as the number one cause of disability in the United States. People who are obese are often depressed and so are people having eating disorders.

Overgeneralisation much? The medical profession has been so kind to us fatties that we just pour out fucking hearts out to fabulous doctors. We are depressed. Why? Because we’re fat.

Diet therapy for depression has been studied since the 1950’s. It has shown that your body and your brain need adequate vitamins and minerals to function. There is little evidence to support diet therapy alone, but there is much evidence that the depletion of certain nutrients are linked to depression.

Fish oil cures depression. Probably makes fatties thin too.

There have been studies that implicate being overweight as leading to their depression, especially in women. Some overweight individuals have low self esteem and self worth and use food to calm themselves in a vicious cycle.

Yeah fat women can’t stop eating and therefore have low self-esteem. Fuck you very much. I am depressed and fat and the two things are not linked. I am fairly happy with my body and have given up the fantasy being thin because it is a fantasy and I live in reality.

Studies have not been able to prove one way or another that weight causes depression, or depression causes the weight gain. According to the Archives of General Psychiatry (2006), the depression and obesity link were equal for men and women.

Studies have proved neither because the causal link is tenuous at best. How scienterrific* of you!

Depression for some can increase their appetite. Depressed people do not have the energy to exercise. Being overweight or obese carries stigma and negative connotations leading to depression. In desperation people may tun to fad diets that promise to get the weight off quickly.

Fad diets why are they bad is because they can contribute to depression.Trying one diet after another (yoyo dieting) is bad for your system. You will be continuously disappointed because the weight will not stay off and this can lead to feelings of failure and depression.

If you believe your diet is connected to your depression, you can go to your doctor and have some blood tests to see what nutrients your body may be lacking. Your doctor can tell you if you need dietary supplements or not.

Fish oil anyone?

Dietary deficiencies are common in fad diets. Poor diets that some people eat regularly can contribute to depression. If you consider all the facts it seems like going on a proper diet would relieve your depression symptoms. Can a change in your diet lead to your depression cure?

Unlikely. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain.

A proper diet that would help you lose weight and keep the pounds off are what you need. There are many commercial diet plans out there to try, or you can simply count calories your self. Avoid diets that are less than 1200 calories or promise fast weight loss. Most people can lose weight on 1500 calore diet.

No they can’t. Diets don’t work.

Om [sic] a 1500 calorie diet you will be able to feel satisfied. You can lose one to two pounds a week this way. It may take a little longer to lose the weight but it will be worth what you have learned about eating healthy, and the weight will stay off.

Again no, that’s in incorrect. Given this many errors, I wonder that “Curing depression” actually cures depression. Is he selling fish (snake) oil?

Fad diets are bad because diets do not work. That they cause depression is unproven. I’m bored with snarking this article. I started it to avoid work because work is shit and I was outraged at yet-another-fad- depression-cure-and-fatty-blaming article. I had to look this up because fatty or not I’ve never counted calories. According to WebMD:

According to the formula, a 25-year-old man who exercises 30 to 60 minutes every day with moderate or vigorous activity should eat about 2,800 calories a day, while a sedentary 65-year-old woman needs just 1,600 calories. An active 45-year-old man needs 2,600 calories, while an active woman of the same age needs 2,000 (also for 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day).

So 1500 calorie diet is enough to live on, barely, but even supposing that being fat causes depression, one is hardly likely to cure it on 1500 calorie diet.

* h/t The Health Institute of Nutrition

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The NYT comes out with something we’ve known all along

Still it’s nice to get confirmation. The headline reads “Exercise Is Found Not to Affect Depression

Many people are sure that exercise improves their mood, and studies have suggested that exercise is almost as effective as antidepressants in relieving symptoms of depression. But a new study has found that even though people who exercise are less likely to be depressed or anxious, it is probably not because they exercise.

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This does not mean that exercise is useless in alleviating depressive symptoms. “Exercise may still be beneficial for patients being treated for an anxiety or depressive disorder,” said Marleen H. M. de Moor, the lead author of the study and a doctoral student in psychology at VU University Amsterdam. “But we couldn’t find evidence for a causal effect in the population at large.”

Really? Wow? I’m am truly bowled over and amazed at the assertion that exercise doesn’t cure depression, you know, except not. I may be crazy but I’m still rational. This was a scientific study that can finally wipe the board clean of all those wishy washy eat your veggies people who claim that exercise and fish oil cure depression. Of course they don’t. They MAY help to mitigate depression in minute ways.

Big Pharma may be evil and corrupt but I need my Zoloft and you will take it from my cold dead hands.

Like OMG “exercise cures depression”!

I put a few more exclamation marks in the title but had to remove them again. I’m a bit of a grammar freak. I am sick and tired of hearing this bullshit.

Investigators found that adults treated with group-based exercise did just as well as those treated with antidepressant drugs.

Dr Blumenthal from Duke says “There is growing evidence that exercise may be a viable alternative to medication.” Although they are still some more tests until they decided to tell to tell their patients to throw their pills off a cliff and run back home!!

Also, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre said in a study solely dedicated to looking at how exercise reduces depression, that people who exercise for 30 minutes 3-5 times a week showed a 50% drop in depression. Even those who exercised moderately registered a 30% decline. This is great news for women with PCOS.

Being a fan of “the natural way” I am pretty glad that pharmaceutical companies are unable to patent exercise!!

OMG who’d a thunk it. I am sick and tired of this useless fucking cliche – exercise cures everything! Why are people getting sick in the entire world when exercise and bloody fish oil are miracles cures? Nice that a hormonal disorder can be treated with exercise. Pay no attention to the conditionals in the quote above.

I believe in the benefits of exercise, the joy of finishing a workout and the ability to walk up stairs but exercise is not a miracle cure for any disease. I exercise for 30 minutes 3 to 5 times a week and not only does my weight not decrease but neither does my fucking depression

And nice job leaving out the people who cannot exercise for whatever reason. What? They have to just suffer from an endocrine imbalance? Great job on inclusiveness there Gemma Taylor. From your article, I don’t know if you’re ever had depression but I doubt it. You don’t ‘shiny happy people’ depressed people with a miracle cure. There are no miracle cures and if you were to sparkle that at me or someone like me in person, you would get the same tongue-lashing that I bestow on tactless, factless people who tell me to take fish oil and exercise because it cures everything. Don’t you think I’ve tried everything – all the crappy ‘home remedies’, diets, supplements, yoga etc? It’s not pleasant to live like this.

Before you write another article and mention the word depression, do some bloody research first. You can start here and read what not to put in your article. Then you can research some women with PCOS and disabilities. Don’t assume every woman reading your site is able-bodied. Then curb your suggestions and remember that not everyone is middle class. More women live in poverty than not. Most women cannot afford a personal trainer. And never, ever write that x cures depression or x cures PCOS because it just ain’t true.