Obesity raises risk of depression

Being obese could increase the risk of depression by 25 percent, a study has found.

According to professor Alberto Hernandez: `The word `fat` has become a social stigma, and takes a psychological toll on the individual.` `Depression manifests itself in negative thoughts, personal disability, poor state of mind and lack of initiative and lack of physical activity. `Such a person may not be able to fully develop his or her personality, desires and interpersonal relationships,` Prensa Latina news agency quoted Hernandez as saying.

Obesity and low self esteem

The problem is more acute in women. Obesity-related depression is affecting more women, in a two-to-one ratio, compared to men, the study said.

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