Reason 5: You feel less depressed
There’s an association between obesity and depression, according to a recent study of 4,600 women between the ages of 40 and
65. About 6.5 percent of the women who had a normal body mass index (BMI) were depressed, whereas the disorder afflicted more
than 25 percent of those with BMIs higher than 35.
In another study, researchers found a 25 percent increase in the risk of developing mood disorders among the obese. The stigma of being overweight plus limited physical activity could contribute to depression, researchers say.
Make one change: Seek out a therapist either through your employer (which might offer free on-site counseling) or a mental health clinic or hospital (some charge based on what you can pay).