Weight loss is a major concern with all the press and attention being given to obesity, the obesity epidemic and the irreparable damage that is being done to individuals, families and society as the problem continues to escalate. The Society for the Study of Ingested Behavior (SSIB) presents new information gleaned from research conducted by their organization that could offer new insight into the problem.
Weight loss and depression have often been considered linked. The SSIB suggests that their recent study makes this connection clear. In the past experts considered it probable that symptoms of depression would likely increase with dieting efforts. This is not the case according to the study conducted by SSIB.
The SSIB’s 6 month study included both non-depressed and depressed individuals. The participants were required to undergo a weight loss program (supervised). The weight loss program was based on dietary and lifestyle changes. Both depressed and non-depressed participants benefited from weight loss by the end of the study.
Additional benefits to depressed individuals as a result of weight loss included:
1. Mood improvement. Depressed participants who lost weight had a noticeable improvement in their general mood.
2. Triglyceride reduction. Triglycerides are a common risk factor for both heart attack and stroke. This reduction is a major health benefit.
Study conductors concluded that results indicated a positive relationship between weight loss and depression. They also concluded that further study could very likely produce findings that could be used to identify more positive connections between weight loss and psychiatric disorders.
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