Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Obesity and suicide
The lede of this story says it all:
As if the many physical health concerns associated with the obesity epidemic weren't worrisome enough, new research shines a light on an alarming mental health connection: Teenagers who are overweight are at higher risk of attempting suicide. Even teens who merely believe themselves overweight -- but actually are not -- are more predisposed to suicidal behavior, the researchers found.
As if reading stories like this weren't enough of a health risk. . . .
Why the shock, ladies and gentlemen? By now we know that the stigma associated with being fat in this society has devastating consequences for your health, mental and physical.
We know that hormonal shifts, poor impulse control, and other factors make teens especially susceptible to suicide.
Put the two together, and what do you get?