Obesity & Depression Treatment in NJ
Obesity and depression are both serious illnesses that, unfortunately, often occur together. At the Weight Loss and Wellness Center, we find that for a number of our patients, these conditions come hand-in-hand. That’s why our practice takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to you and your journey toward better health and wellbeing. Dr. Majid and her team at the Weight Loss and Wellness Center have years of experience caring for patients from every walk of life who are struggling with obesity and depression. It’s our mission to provide you with exactly what you need during every step of your treatment, understanding that obesity and depression are diseases that can be overcome with the right support and approach.
What is obesity?
Obesity is a chronic disease characterized by excess fat tissue in the body. This is typically measured using body mass index, or BMI for short. BMI is measured using the following scale, according to the American Heart Association:
- BMI less than 18.5: Considered underweight
- BMI between 18.5 and 24.9: Considered healthy
- BMI between 25 and 29.9: At risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease
- BMI higher than 30: Considered obese
Obesity affects millions of Americans today. Those who suffer from the disease are at risk for a wide array of chronic health conditions. Below are just some of the many chronic health conditions that obesity can lead to:
Fatty liver disease
Degenerative joint disease
Does obesity cause depression?
In addition to the above physical health conditions, obesity and depression are closely linked. According to recent studies, not only can obesity cause depression, but depression can lead to weight gain and even obesity.
This cycle is difficult to break, but a trusted medical professional who works with obesity and depression can help you overcome both of these frustrating conditions and lead you toward physical and mental wellbeing.
What are the symptoms of obesity and depression?
Depression and obesity come hand-in-hand and are part of a vicious cycle, where obesity leads to depression, which leads to obesity. In order to gain control of the cycle, it’s important to consult an expert at the Weight Loss and Wellness Center in New Jersey for a treatment plan that can help you with obesity management and get your overall health back on track. Visit an experienced depression and obesity doctor if your weight gain or obesity is accompanied by any of the following symptoms of depression:
- Feelings of sadness or anxiety that does not seem to get better over time
- Feelings of hopeless and having trouble being optimistic about your life
- Feelings of worthless or unable to stop thinking about your failures
- Suicidal thoughts
- Extreme restlessness or irritability
Are both conditions treated together?
In many cases, treating obesity helps treat depression and vice versa. At the Weight Loss and Wellness Center, many of our patients suffer from depression in addition to obesity or being overweight. We understand that obesity and depression are both diseases, which affect almost every aspect of your life and day-to-day wellbeing. We develop personalized weight management plans that help you to overcome obesity and any other related illnesses that come along with it.
Your road to better physical, mental, and emotional help may involve a number of treatment methods, which could include non-surgical as well as surgical weight loss procedures. The following treatment options might be recommended as part of your customized obesity and depression treatment plan at the Weight Loss and Wellness Center:
Weight loss support groups
Weight loss medication
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Revision bariatric surgery