Your Weight and Depression Questions, Expertly Answered

iVillage health editor at large Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., answers your message board posts about food and mood, depression and weight (11 Photos)

Madelyn Fernstrom on Feb 21, 2012 at 10:40AM

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Your Weight and Depression Questions, Expertly Answered

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You Asked: "When I Get Depressed I Treat Myself to a Baked Good. Then I Get More Depressed Because I Feel Fat -- and Eat Some More. How Can I Break This Cycle?"

When iVillage Health Editor at Large Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., explored the connection between weight and depression in Is Depression Making You Gain Weight -- or Vice Versa? and Depression and Weight: 9 Must-Know Facts, your positive response showed us you were eager for more. So Madelyn answered your questions on the Depression Support message board. Her answers, starting with: 

“I get depressed and treat myself to glorious-smelling baked goods. Then I get more depressed because I feel fat. Instead of stopping, I throw in the towel and eat more. I've tried not keeping snacks on hand, but nibbling on carrots and fruit doesn't have the same appeal as a piece of fresh-baked cinnamon bread. Please help me break this cycle.” --tdalton810

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