According to Statistics Canada, approximately 8% of the population will suffer from depression at some stage in their lives. In any given year 5% of the Canadian population will suffer from some type of clinical depression. Depression and anxiety are rising at a rapid pace in Canada. Between 1994 and 2004 the number of depression/anxiety related visits to a doctor’s office nearly doubled. The etiology of depression is still unknown. Reasons for developing depression can include: hormonal imbalances, inherited genetic traits, stressful life events or early childhood trauma.
Compared to men, twice as many women suffer from depression/anxiety. Depression is the leading cause of disability in women. The World Health Organization has projected that by the year 2020 depression will be the second leading cause of disability after heart disease.
Unfortunately, while some may not consider it a true disease, the effects are very real and often painful.
- Feelings of anxiety
- Low energy
- Feelings of worthlessness
Depressed people often have the tendency to gain weight by eating calorie-rich, high-fat foods as a way to alleviate their bad feelings. As well, obese individuals tend to feel depressed due to the fact that they are overweight. In the long term, the added weight they gain often only furthers their depression.
Recently, researchers at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands conducted a systematic review of the scientific literature that linked being overweight or obese with depression. Their analysis confirmed there was a link between obesity and depression, and that being depressed was predictive of becoming obese. Excess weight and obesity can induce both low self-esteem and body dissatisfaction, which in turn both increase the risk of depression.
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