Depression is like a dirty 4 letter word. Those that don’t understand it think negatively of those that do while those that do fear the negative feedback of those that don’t. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle, really!
16.2 million (that’s right, million) Americans (or 6.9 percent of the entire population) suffer from at least 1 depression episode a year that is categorized as major (healthline.com). Of that statistic, at least 25 percent are deemed as psychotic episodes requiring hospitalization. Why is this important when discussing weight loss, though?! Depression and obesity go hand in hand according to research conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. In there research, they have discovered that “obesity status was related to peer victimization in younger youth (11 to 14 year olds). A meta-analysis of cross-sectional studies between 1978 and 1997 found that victimization is strongly related to depression” (Janssen I, Craig WM, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15121928). With that correlation in mind, adults that suffer from at least mild/moderate bullying as adolescents tend to still carry the emotional scars of their bullying as adults.
Those scars manifest in different ways, though. Some become successful business leaders. Some become fitness models or Olympians. Unfortunately, quite a few become alcoholics (at least moderate in that term, but you get the idea when you walk down the street on trash day and you see the same houses with recycling bins full of cheap wine bottles..). Depression and physical health are something that seem to go hand in hand in this respect. Those that suffer often turn to the bottle as a means of dealing with their demons in their own way, often because they would rather be selfish than ask for help from others. That depressive attitude is what brings us to the struggle.
The struggle being weight loss and control. Alcohol is a sugar, and the body LOVES sugar! Go out for dinner sometime and order the biggest dessert on the menu and you’ll understand afterwards; you feel happy, satisfied, then tired and ready to shut down. These feelings are purely chemical inside of the human body when it comes to how your body processes sugars, and alcohol is no different in this respect. It is the sugar that turns into glucose, which is then stored as fat inside of the body for that rainy day down the road. When that rainy day never comes due to how readily accessible food can be for us, that energy is never used and stays on us as visceral fat. This feeling, though, replaces the depression. It makes life so much more tolerable when you feel happy and satisfied because of the chemical reaction of sugar in your body, which then slowly turns into an addiction that is difficult to break away from.
The only way to get rid of this is to stop the cycle. If you are struggling with your weight but also struggle with depression, seeking help for that depression and removing things out of your life that contribute to negativity will GREATLY increase your chances of success in a healthier body in the long-term. I personally struggle with this aspect due to wanting to have people who I think can appreciate me only to find out that they only keep me around for their own personal gain. This is something that affects my personal life greatly and is hard for me to get through at times due to always wanting to see the best in people and trust them for face value. Unfortunately, I am finding out the hard way that human beings are complex, and they will always have their own motives that they have justified to themselves to be right, even if it wrongs another person that cares about them. My own personal battle that happened as a result of this realization led me to a 2 day set back in my own goals for my body (but MAN is corn whiskey delicious!), but realizing that not everyone in my life will do this is a big step in the direction to getting over it and moving forward as a great man who only deserves the best, especially where I only give my best to those around me!
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