Sunday, October 7, 2007

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DEPRESSION, EATING AND WEIGHT ISSUES


Dear Readers:

There is significant evidence in multiple studies correlating emotional depression with eating and weight issues. Unfortunately, many healthcare and human services professionals who are working with individuals struggling with eating and weight concerns are unable to either identify or assist in addressing the coincident depression component.

Depression and eating/weight concerns are both at near epidemic levels. I don’t know anyone whose life is not touched by them, in one way or another, with varying levels of intensity. When dealing with this devastating duo, feelings of unworthiness, inadequacy, despair, lack of control, and hopelessness are common. People suffering from depression (in its many forms and variations) are overwhelmed, and are sick and tired of being sick and tired . Tired of feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious and of being maligned by other individuals, as well as by society as a whole.

I will be exploring the vicious circle of this emotional-physical interrelationship and offering suggestions regarding some of the ways by which the circle can be broken in a three-part series of articles, starting with next week's posting.


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Some highlights –


***How to recognize the symptoms of this devastating duo;


***Approaches to help identify the root causes of this syndrome;


***Ways to address the causes, as well as to alleviate many of the symptoms;


***Eating to "feel better"... and when eating actually makes you feel worse - foods and food allergies that are shown to have effects on depressive symptoms;



***Common "thinking traps" that deepen the relationship and tighten the evil circle between depression and eating/weight issues;


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--Cinda





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