London [UK]: Skinny jeans or small sized clothes may fit the thin women well, but when it comes to mental health, things may not be the same for them.
A study reveals, skinny women are more likely be depressed, linking to low moods.
Researchers from Seoul National University of Medicine in South Korea conducted the study and revealed that both men and women are affected by negative thoughts about being too thin, unlike depression among obese people, which predominantly affects women.
The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, pointed out that depressed people may be more likely to lose weight, or it could be that being thin makes people depressed.
“It seems that the current ideal of thinness affects women more than their male counterparts and causes more psychological distress in women, which can, in turn, lead to depression,” the authors stated.
The team analysed data from 183 different studies.
They found that obesity increased the risk for depression in both underweight and obese people.
The results showed that the opposite is true and malnutrition has a detrimental effect on people’s mood as maintaining a healthy weight is essential for good mental health.
In clinical practice, medical care providers should pay attention to the mental health of people who are underweight, the authors further explained.
“This large study confirms that optimal nutrition is fundamentally important for physical and mental health. Both being underweight and obese is associated with an increased risk of depression,” said Dr Agnes Ayton, vice-chairman of the eating disorders faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
“It is an important finding, as people with eating disorders often assume that losing weight will improve their happiness,” Ayton added. (ANI)