25 Aug, 2014 @ 13:00
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Losing weight increases chance of depression


WHILE weight loss definitely makes you healthier, don’t expect it to make you happier, says the latest study.

Researchers at University College London found that people who lost more than 5% of their body weight over a four-year period were more prone to depression and mood lows than those who remained within 5% of their original weight.

In Spain, conversely, although people are more healthy than happy, they are still putting on weight.

According to the OECD Better Life Index, the average Spaniard scores 8.7 on the health scale but a below-average 6.2 in life satisfaction. However 22.9% of Spaniards are obese, up almost 10% from a decade ago.

According to Sioned Quirke, a spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, restrictive diets often lead to boredom, or dieters dodge enjoyable activities – such as the cinema – to avoid temptation.

Tom Powell

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  1. I’m no psychology or psychiatry expert, but I think there’s some confusion here between depression (which is a debilitating mental illness) and happiness/sadness (which are ‘normal’ moods).

  2. Absolutely correct Julia. Anyone who has suffered from depression, will tell you that the condition is many degrees of horror different, from simple dissatisfaction with life in general. Perhaps it’s a pity that political correctness prevents the (curable) condition being described as madness or insanity as it once was.

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