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The importance of mental health during your weight loss journey

When it comes to overhauling your life choices, there are many emotions in play: excitement, fear of failure, shame, and even feeling overwhelmed. This journey and process are different for all individuals, yet these emotions are prevalent in numerous patients. Nearly one-quarter of bariatric surgery patients have been diagnosed with a behavioral problem, including anxiety, binge eating disorder, and depression, one study states. This is an indicator that mental health plays a large role in your weight-loss journey. Learning how to navigate these changes and make positive changes in your life to support your mental state can be challenging. Here are some initial steps to help you get started:

Dismantle the idea that you’re alone

Mental health struggles are not rare. One in five adults in the United States experience mental illness. A large majority of these diagnoses are for anxiety disorders. Depression ranks second among these diagnoses, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Individuals who are overweight or obese are even more likely to suffer from mental health illnesses, including negative body image. Within this group, women are more likely to develop a negative body image than their male counterparts.

Breaking the cycle

To begin to break the toxic cycle of negative body image or other mental health illnesses, doctors often recommend finding the source for why these feelings emerge. This can be done through therapy, counseling, and even during self-reflection and journaling. At Lifeweigh, there are counselors and support groups that create a dialogue for these discussions to take place. These meetings create an environment that ensures you are not alone. Rather, these struggles are universally felt. Approaching them as a group might sway your mindset about a situation or obstacle.

Why is mental health important?

For years, mental health illnesses were considered something to keep hush-hush. In recent years, suicide rates have drastically increased. In 2014, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. This trend has continued to hold true. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention last reported that suicide still was the 10th leading cause of death. These statistics solidify the notion that mental health is extremely important when considering a person’s overall state of health.

If you are suffering from mental illness or want to improve your mental health, reach out to a health professional. At Lifeweigh, we understand how important mental health is on your weight-loss journey and will assist you whenever we can.

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