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Obesity And Depression

Cartoon image of fat girl eating junk food without thought of her health Obesity And Depression by Guest Blogger, Phyllis R. Lanich

What is the One Worst Thing we do? We eat too much and snack on the wrong types of food.

We would say, “ Oh! This once won’t hurt.” We keep using this same excuse over and over again. Not because we are hungry, but, because we are bored.

Or it may be because we had an upsetting incident at home or work. We do it to comfort ourselves.

Most of the time as children, our parents or grandparents would give us treats when we were upset or during major holidays. In that way we were trained to turn to food and more particularly sweets when we were upset or needed comfort.

Do you know why this worked? It’s because eating releases special hormones called endorphins which make us feel better.

The obesity starts because as we get older our metabolism slows down. Then those calories get stored in our systems because of non-movement and lack of exercise.  We look at ourselves in the mirror and we get depressed. self hatred sets in and the depression continues.

Then, we start to make statements, such as “Well, I will start to diet…..tomorrow.” But the problem is TOMORROW NEVER COMES!  And nothing ever changes!

And as the pounds keep creeping up, you start making yourself and others feel miserable. Then your joints begin to suffer, and you go to the doctor, and he or she tells you to lose the weight before you develop High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, have a Stroke or even DIE!

But you probably already know that those same endorphins can be released by a little movement such as walking or yoga or whatever you choose. It will be less expensive to take care of it now! So here is some advice – Get moving! Exercise!  Go and release some endorphins and you will definitely feel better!

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Constant tiredness or fatigue is a common complaint from depressed people. Does it affect you?

The good news is that you will not always feel this way. It will pass.

To answer this question for you I looked back to my months of depression to try and discover why I felt so tired all the time. And yes! it did pass.

These are the reasons I can think of:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Not having a job
  • Loss of enthusiasm about living
  • Not knowing what to do with myself
  • Tired of the relationship I was in
  • Lack of money
  • Smoking pot
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor nutrition
  • Not knowing how to get out of the depressed state of mind
  • Pharmaceutical drugs

My observations of others suffering from Mental Illness:

  • Dependency on cigarettes
  • One patient told me “I just want to get back to work”
  • One patient said to me “I want something exciting to get me out of bed in the morning”
  • Loss of interest doing what they liked doing before
  • Staying in an unhappy relationship and not willing to let it go
  • Although lack of money may cause depression, not all poor people are depressed
  • Substance dependence can arise as a result of regular use of substance to lift mood
  • I found that exercise can provide some relief, however slight, others don’t even want to try
  • Many patients will eat junk foods and unhealthy snacks because they are just not motivated to cook or prepare healthy meals
  • A patient with mental illness often cannot get outside that state of mind to gain an objective viewpoint about the illness
  • Some of the patients complained that their medication was making them tired

Finally I once came across the theory that depression was connected to inflammation and I do remember one particular day when my body did feel as though there was inflammation throughout. Inflammation is an immune reaction and there is a connection between the gut and immune system.  So a bad diet would put your gut microbiota out of whack! Interesting hey, that Probiotics and Paracetamol could have helped?  Well, too late to try now!

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Then look at the picture here. Beautiful isn’t it? But what sets the picture off? Can you guess?

I took this picture years ago and glad I did because now I can tell you something about you.

What sets the picture off is the bird of paradise flower in the foreground. It is not part of the natural flora of the region, you could say it was ‘feral’ but it adds beauty to the the whole picture.

So, what am I trying to tell you?

If you have ever felt you are “the odd one out,” or if you are what “normal” people call a “feral,” You can rejoice!  If  you are eccentric, if your behavior is different to the “norm,” you can be proud of it!  Who do you think it is that brings color, fun and creativity into the world? It’s YOU! and not the dull “normal” people!

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