Scientific literature indicates that, obesity has been associated with various disorders related to moods. There are various factors that elevate obesity. Obesity in children is also linked with psychiatric problems.

Obesity leads to higher number of depressive episodes and longer length of depression, more recurrences of depression, more anxiety disorders, increased numbers of hospitalization, more suicide attempts, and worse functional outcomes. Literature shows that 42% obese people suffer from these psychiatric problems.

Factors associated with overweight included substance abuse, a history of physical abuse, prior hospitalization, and being on 2 or more medications. Experiencing manic or depressive episode is also a great factor in obesity.

Obesity in children is associated with increases in episodes, symptoms, and increased severity of illness. A study showed that in young adults admitted to the hospital for a first episode of mania; those with an increased body mass index (BMI) had less white matter volume in the brain and less volume in their temporal lobe. These data suggest that obesity may interact with changes in the brain, either driving them or resulting from them.
By Ammara Hashmi

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