Do you know how interconnected is your body to your mind? You may not realize it but the state of your body can affect your mood. And viceversa, your mood can have an effect on your body’s state.
Have you noticed how sometimes when you are feeling “blue,” you feel lethargic. Or how when you are sick, you feel irritable or anxious?
Well, that is the case because your body and your mind are intertwined. Not only your body and mind are connected, but your spirit is also another component of your reality. All these aspects are what make you human. A being with a body, mind and spirit.
Are You feeling Depressed or Anxious?
The prevalence of depression and anxiety in the US is considerable, around 7% and 15% respectively. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the diagnostic tool for mental health professionals ), a diagnosis of depressive disorder involves experiencing for more than two weeks a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, and a depressed mood (feelings of sadness, irritability, worthlessness, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness), along with loss of energy, poor concentration, changes in appetite, weight or sleep, and sometimes accompanied by suicidal thinking.
On the other hand, anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive anxiety (worry, restlessness, feeling on edge), along with irritability, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating, and sometimes experiencing sleeping problems.
Mood and Body Weight
As you know, mood disorders are not the only prevalent conditions. Alarmingly, obesity has reached epidemic levels. And interestingly enough, it is comorbid with mood and anxiety disorders. Much research now reports that many individuals who experience mood and anxiety disorders are also overweight.
Studies have shown that obesity is associated with an approximately 25% increase in odds of mood and anxiety disorders and an approximately 25% decrease in odds of substance use disorders. In addition, research has shown that those with a diagnosis of depression or anxiety are significantly more likely than those without each diagnosis to be obese, physically inactive, drink and smoke.
At the same time, literature reviews confirm a reciprocal link between depression and obesity. Sometimes obesity was shown to increase the risk of depression, but depression has also found to increase the odds for developing obesity. On the other hand, a literature review on anxiety and obesity shows a positive association between obesity and anxiety disorders, yet not a very strong one.
The causal relationship between anxiety and obesity or depression and obesity is not straightforward. However, their impact on eating patterns and the quality of life is instrumental.This is another reason why it is of extreme importance to pay attention to your body. Take a hold of your health and your weight in order to positively impact on your mind.
To a Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor