Losing weight might not make you happy: Study

A British study found people who lost more than 5% of their body weight over a four-year period...

A British study found people who lost more than 5% of their body weight over a four-year period were more likely to report becoming depressed than people who stayed within 5% of their original weight during the same time frame. (Fotolia)

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Losing weight is good for your body, but not necessarily your mood.

A British study found people who lost more than 5% of their body weight over a four-year period were more likely to report becoming depressed than people who stayed within 5% of their original weight during the same time frame.

The study involved 1,979 overweight or obese British adults.

The researchers said overweight people should still try to shed some pounds, but they shouldn't expect weight loss to instantly improve all aspects of life.

"Health-care professionals should monitor patients' mental as well as physical health when recommending or responding to weight loss, and offer support where necessary," the University College London researchers said in a press release. "People who are trying to lose weight should be aware of the challenges and not be afraid to seek support, whether from friends, family or health-care professionals."

The study was published in the journal PLOS One.


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