How does our weight affect our state of mind?
It has long been suspected that there is a connection between depression and underweight. Researchers have now found that there is indeed a significant link between underweight and depression. Men and women who are too thin are more likely to have negative depressive thoughts.
In their current study, scientists from the Seoul National University of Medicine found that underweight seems to be associated with depression. The scientists published the results of their study in the medical journal "British Journal of Psychiatry".
Men and women are more likely to suffer from depression when underweight
If men and women are underweight, this is more associated with depression, according to knowledge scientists. This determined effect differs from depression in overweight people, which mostly only affect women, the authors explain. However, the experts from the Seoul National University of Medicine were unable to determine exactly whether depression led to underweight or underweight led to depression in their study.
Physicians analyze data from 183 studies
For their study, the researchers from Seoul analyzed the data from 183 separate studies. They looked for the link between being overweight and underweight with depression. The researchers also found that gender makes a significant difference when it comes to how overweight people feel.
Women who are overweight are more likely to suffer from depression
The current ideal of beauty today is a slim body. Women are more influenced by such ideals of beauty than men, the authors say. This leads to increased psychological stress for overweight women, which in turn can cause depression. The study also found that overweight men have a significantly reduced risk of depression. Men simply seem to be able to cope better with being overweight than women who are affected, the scientists explain. In women, however, both underweight and obesity lead to an increased risk of depression, the researchers continue.
The study result is particularly important for people with eating disorders
The current study confirms that optimal nutrition is essential for physical and mental health. Underweight and overweight are related to depression. This finding is particularly important for people with eating disorders, the researchers explain. Because they would often assume that weight loss leads to an improvement in their happiness and satisfaction.
Malnutrition has an adverse effect on the mood of those affected
The results of the current study show that weight loss does not automatically lead to an improvement in happiness and satisfaction, but can also have the opposite effect. Malnutrition has an adverse effect on the mood of those affected, the researchers emphasize. Maintaining a healthy weight is very important for good mental health, the scientists from the Seoul National University of Medicine continue. (as)