Eating Disorders



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Eating disorders is a mental disorder which is related to eating behaviors that negatively impact physical and mental health. Most eating disorders mostly involve focusing too much on weight, body shape and food, which leads to dangerous eating behaviors. These behaviors can significantly impact a body’s ability to get right nutrition. Eating disorders can harm all the systems in body and can lead to other diseases.

Eating disorders often develop in the teens, they can also develop at other ages. Treatment can help to return to healthier eating habits and sometimes reverse serious complications caused by the eating disorder.

Key topics:

  • Globalization of Eating Disorders
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Treatment for Eating Disorders
  • Binge-Eating Disorder
  • Rumination Disorder



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Link between obesity and depression



Studies have shown that there is no one-way connection between obesity and depression. Instead, the two tend to cause each other as a self-destructive circle.

1.jpgObesity causes depression. People who are not obese are 25 percent less likely to experience a mood disorders like depression compared to those who are obese. Obesity can cause low self-esteem, poor self-image and isolation which can contribute to depression. Those who are obese can also find themselves stereotyped and discriminated. Obesity and can also result in chronic joint pain and diseases like diabetes and hypertension, which have been linked to depression.

2Depression causes obesity. A study found that people with symptoms of depression were more likely to become obese within a year. The study also found that kids who were less obese and depressed became substantially obese over the next year. People experiencing depression are more likely to overeat, make poor food choices, avoid physical activity. Researchers have found that depressed people with reduced levels of the serotonin have a tendency towards obesity.


Depression is easier to treat than obesity, so doctors recommend people with depressive symptoms to treatment as soon as possible. Treatment can include antidepressants and psychotherapy.

A study has shown that people who underwent bariatric surgery for their obesity found that as they lost weight, depression also reduced. A year after surgery, the people have experienced a 77 percent loss of excess body weight, and 18 percent reduction in symptoms of depression.

Diet for depression:

  • Beta-carotene: apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, collards, peaches, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato
  • Vitamin C: blueberries, broccoli, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, peppers, potatoes, strawberries, tomato
  • Vitamin E: margarine, nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, wheat germ
  • Mediterranean-style diet
  • Fermented foods
  • Leafy greens
  • Dark chocolate


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Srija Sam| Program Manager
Obesity Meeting 2019

Non-Surgical treatment for obesity



The objectives of obesity treatment include achieving and maintaining a healthy body. Obesity treatment, other than weight loss surgeries include dietary changes, physical activity, weight-loss medication, behaviour changes.

Dietary changes

  1. Eating raw food: Raw food takes much longer to chew and this strengthens the facial muscles and improves health of the teeth. 20 different kinds of enzymes are produced by mouth while chewing. These enzymes help in digestion and also improve the immunity of the body in fighting diseases.
  2. Whole grains such as brown rice and whole wheat bread should be chosen instead of white rice and white bread.
  3. Five servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables should be taken daily
  4. All fats are not bad. We now know that polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats provide health benefits such as helping to keep the heart healthy. Nuts, seeds, and oils such as olive, safflower and canola, can be included as a part of a healthy diet.

Include a variety of foods in the diet.

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Here are the top foods someone should consume to overcome obesity:

  • High fiber foods – High fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and berries increase satiety, without increasing calories.
  • Proteins – People who take more proteinaceous food feel satisfied and eat less overall.
  • Wild-caught fish – Obesity may increase inflammation, so try to include omega-3 fats.
  • Coconut – Coconut oil and coconut milk contain MCFAs that a body can easily burn as fat and are less likely to be stored as fat.

Physical Activity

Essential part of obesity treatment includes increased physical activity and exercise. Exercise is beneficial as it helps to keep and add lean muscle tissue while losing fat. Muscle tissue has a higher metabolic rate and burns calories faster, along with eating healthy food according to meal plan, exercise will increase the rate of weight loss.

Exercise reduces blood pressure and can prevent Type 2 diabetes. It also reduces appetite, helps in better sleep, improves flexibility and lowers bad cholesterol. So, obesity can be controlled.

Behavior modification

Behavior modification program can help to lose weight by making lifestyle changes. Habits should be examined to find out the factors or situations that may have contributed to obesity. Behavior therapy includes Counseling, trained mental health or other professionals can help to address emotional and behavioral issues related to eating. Therapy can help to understand why a person overeats. Monitoring of diet and activity, understanding eating triggers, and coping up with food cravings can be learnt.


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Mediterranean diet


Mediterranean diet consists of a high dietary intake of olive oil, fruits, vegetables and nuts; moderate intake of fish and poultry; low intake of dairy, red meat, processed meats, and sweets & sugars. Red wine is taken moderately along with the meals.

The diet is followed in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, and Greece, where the cultivation includes olive trees and grapes.

Studies have linked the Mediterranean diet to   lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers, increased longevity and healthier weight

Many studies have been done comparing weight loss success with the Mediterranean diet. Although similar amounts of weight loss were shown in Mediterranean diet, low-fat diet, and low-carbohydrate diet, improved lipid levels and better blood sugar control were seen in the low-carbohydrate and Mediterranean diet groups.

The Mediterranean diet is a healthy alternative to low-fat, reduced-calorie diets. It offers benefits to blood sugar control and lipid levels. It also reduces inflammation in body. New research suggests that people who are overweight and have chronic pain may find relief through Mediterranean diet.

The diet also appears to be effective in reducing obesity outcomes with increased effects when followed for longer periods of time.

The diet should include the following:

  • Vegetables: Tomatoes, broccoli, kale, spinach, onions, cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers
  • Fruits: Apples, bananas, oranges, pears, strawberries, grapes, dates, figs, melons, peaches
  • Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, Macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Legumes: Beans, peas, lentils, pulses, peanuts, chickpeas
  • Whole Grains: Whole oats, brown rice, rye, barley, corn, buckwheat, whole wheat, whole grain bread and pasta
  • Fish and Seafood: Salmon, sardines, trout, tuna, mackerel, shrimp, oysters, clams, crab, mussels
  • Poultry: Chicken, duck, turkey and eggs
  • Dairy: Cheese, yogurt, Greek yogurt
  • Herbs and Spices: Garlic, basil, mint, rosemary, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper
  • Healthy Fats: Extra virgin olive oil, olives, avocados and avocado oil

The following should be avoided:

  • Added sugar
  • Refined grains
  • Refined Oils
  • Processed meat
  • Highly processed foods


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What leads to Obesity? Fat or Sugar



Sugar and fat are two of the most widely talked dietary topics. Fats and sugars are essential to good health, sufficient quantities of each should be included to ensure health and well-being. Obesity occurs when their quantities exceed.


Fats are now being considered as an essential part our diet. Recent research studies have shown that carbohydrate is worse than fat. Diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrate are now regarded as being healthier, especially in terms of blood glucose control and weight loss, than low fat, higher carbohydrate diet plans.


Intake of sugar should be limited, not only by individuals with diabetes but by everyone.Sugar is present in wide range of foods other than snacks like cakes and cookies. These include:

  • Cereals
  • Fruit drinks and smoothies
  • Fruit yoghurts
  • Ready meals
  • Soups

Added sugar is worst aspect of the modern diet. It changes the hormones and biochemistry of body when consumed in excess. In turn, it contributes to increased energy storage and, ultimately, obesity.

Food advice to reduce sugar intake:

 Fruits: Fruit should consumed as a whole instead of juice. Fiber is removed from fruits to prepare juice, which makes the sugars more dangerous.

 Beverages: Should be avoided as they only deliver sugar without any nutritional value.

 Bread: Bread without  added sugars should be consumed

 Alcohol: It increases insulin levels in body, which helps to store energy in fat cells.

 Home made food: Cakes and cookies can be baked at home with less sugar


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Srija Sam| Program Manager
Obesity Meeting 2019
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