Treatment for Obesity and Depression
An intervention combining behavioral weight loss treatment and problem-solving therapy with as-needed antidepressant medication for participants with co-occurring obesity and depression improved weight loss and depressive symptoms compared with routine physician care.
Obesity and depression commonly occur together. Approximately 43 percent of adults with depression are obese, and adults with obesity are at increased risk of experiencing depression. To treat both conditions, patients must visit multiple practitioners usually including dietitians, wellness coaches and mental health counselors or psychiatrists.
The burden associated with visiting multiple health care providers consistently over the long periods of time required to treat obesity and depression can be significant and lead to dropping out of therapy altogether. Additionally, these health services may not be available due to a lack of trained providers or reimbursement, and the cost of seeing numerous specialists can be prohibitive.
At Zero Size(zerosize.org) treating obesity and depression therapy in one integrated program using dually trained health coaches who work within a care team that includes a primary care physician and a Mental care trained professionals, is effective at reducing weight and improving depressive symptoms.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.6 percent of people over the age of 12 have depression in any 2-week period.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the most common illness worldwide and the leading cause of disability. They estimate that 350 million people are affected by depression, globally.
Signs and Symptoms
If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:
1.Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
2.Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
3.Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
4.Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
5.Decreased energy or fatigue
6.Moving or talking more slowly
7.Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
8.Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
9.Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
10.Appetite and/or weight changes
11.Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
12.Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment.
Also, other medical medical conditions can causes.