Worldwide obesity rates have almost tripled since 1975. At the same time, rates of depression have steadily risen. Since the early 2000s, many studies have established a link between these two conditions, showing that the prevalence of depression in people with obesity is twice as high as in people of a healthy weight.
The overall goal of successful obesity treatment is for a person to get to a healthy weight and stay there long-term. It seems straightforward, but obesity treatment is complex and variable.
For decades, there's been a persistent one-size-fits-all approach to treating obesity: Embrace a diet that's low in calories. Yet evidence shows that this diet-focused approach simply doesn't work for a subset of adults with obesity who are adherent in a clinical weight management program.
Parents of children struggling with their weight might feel like they're walking a tightrope: how can they help their kid manage their weight and health without negatively impacting their child's body image?
The difference between the medical definitions of overweight and obesity hinges solely on body mass index (BMI), but experts are beginning to think there are other types of obesity as well.