Weight and Depression: 9 Must-Know Facts

Yes, you can battle depression without succumbing to overeating and weight gain (10 Photos)

Madelyn Fernstrom on Jun 25, 2012 at 2:36PM

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Weight and Depression: 9 Must-Know Facts

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Depression and Weight Gain

Daily life is filled with ups and downs that can trigger short-term bouts of the blues. But sustained feelings of sadness, hopelessness or anxiety that do not go away and interfere with daily activities are a red flag to seek help. Depression can lead to changes in appetite, sleep patterns and sexual interest, and many people find they’re overeating and sleeping more -- leading to significant weight gain. However, many other depressed people lose their appetite and can’t sleep, leading to significant weight loss.

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