The Diet Depression: Losing Weight Never Felt So Bad
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Losing weight may have negative psychological benefits such as an increase in depressed moods, suggests a new PLOS ONE study. 1,979 overweight and obese adults (BMI ≥25kg/m2; age ≥50 years) without long-standing illness or diagnosed clinical depression were surveyed over four years on changed in depressed mood, well-being, blood pressure, and cholesterol while controlling for demographic variables, weight loss intention, and baseline characteristics. Participants that lost weight reported an increase in depressed moods compared to those who gained weight or whose weight remained stable. Low well-being was also greater in those who lost weight, although it was not statistically significant. Hypertension and high triglyceride prevalence did decrease in those who lost weight and increased in those who gained weight. The authors point out that the stress of dieting could be a contributing factor to the depressed moods instead of a direct consequence of weight loss.
Going on that diet may help you shed a few pounds, but it could also worsen your mood. A new study at University College London examined 1,979 overweight or obese individuals in the U.K. Though the study doesn't prove that dieting causes depression, it does show that weight loss doesn't necessarily improve mental health, as many people assume.
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