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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