Depression and weight loss are not two words that belong in the same sentence. There are two reasons why not. One is that rapid weight loss can occur whilst someone is depressed, but this is only due to the loss of appetite and them not eating. This type of weight loss is a big risk to peoples health.
Then we have the other way people go when they are depressed…. they eat too much, and the wrong kind of food as well.
More often than not, the foods that we consume during a period of depression are unhealthy foods that we kindly refer to as “comfort” food. We tend to eat foods such as ice cream, chocolate bars, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, and we tend to over eat these not so good for us foods. It is almost as if we have a hole inside of us that we are trying to fill up but we can’t fill it up no matter how hard we try so we continue eating, it’s a never ending cycle.
Suffering from depression makes us tired, moody, unable to sleep, and just miserable all the way around. We don’t have the energy to do any kind of physical activities, we don’t feel like getting dressed up and going anywhere to socialize, we get tired of trying to put on a happy face and pretend that everything is fine, and we can’t sleep because we can’t stop thinking about ways to make us feel better.
Eating is an easy way to deal with depression. It doesn’t take any energy to eat, it doesn’t have to involve socializing with anyone, and it doesn’t require any physical activity. All you have to do is go to the cupboard or refrigerator, pull something out, and curl back up on the couch, in the chair, or in your bed to indulge in whatever food you grabbed from the cupboard or refrigerator.
Eating in itself is not a bad thing as it is necessary for you to live. What is bad though is using food as a way to try and cope with depression because the more depressed you feel, the more you will eat, and the more you eat, the more weight you will gain, and the more weight you gain, the more depressed you will feel. It becomes a nasty little cycle that is very hard to break without the help of a professional. If you notice yourself or someone close to you displaying this behavior, it might be wise to consider professional help.