Study Links Weight Loss and Unhappiness

Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains the connection between weight loss and an increased risk of depression.
1:32 | 08/11/14

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No. Turn now to the study linking weight loss and happiness in changing your body may not change your mood the way you think. And Dr. Jennifer Ashton is joining us. That's counterintuitive after the weight loss. A little bit. They looked at people who had lost more than 5%, starting obese or overweight. Losing 15 to 20 pounds. They kept it off for four years, and those people were significantly more likely to report a depressed mood than those who were weight neutral or gained back the weight. Is there a connection between your weight and your mood? We say this all the time when we debrief studies. This is just an observation, didn't explain why. But there are theories, one that the depression was there and caused weight loss. We know they can be linked. But does the weight loss trigger depression. Maybe we're not as superficial as we think, and obviously a lot more goes into causing true depression than what looks back at the mirror. Could it be that they're hungry and depriving themselves? One of the other things to think about, people who managed to keep weight off at the four year mark are restricting and depriving themselves. That's something we have in short commodities. That's difficult to live with. Still want to keep your weight in check. Says the doctor. For health reasons, primarily. Absolutely. No question.

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