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Being fat and miserable

Lee Smith pointed out to me that Monash University researchers are investigating the effects of being obese on depression levels. Its not just another ‘nobody loves me’ type of sob story – some obese people struggle with excess weight all their lives and yet are perceived in society as lazy slobs who cannot exert self-control. The struggle can be pointless if their obesity is genetically driven. It is enough to make anyone depressed! But I cannot help thinking that some people react to depression by eating to excess – the expression ‘comfort food’ suggests this hypothesis. Kids are often rewarded with a cookie which associates food with a reward unrelated to hunger.

The rise in obesity is linked to the diabetes epidemic and might in turn be linked bidirectionally to a rising incidence of mental illness and depression.

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