Obesity is a chronic disease that requires a comprehensive approach for both prevention and treatment.
Obesity as a disease
Black Health President, C. Virginia Fields, talks to Dr. Sylvia Gonsahn-Bollie and Kesha Calicutt about obesity and its implications in Black and Brown communities.
Key resources to support you
What you can do for weight management
Support your mental health - links between weight and mood disorders
Mental health and obesity are related in complex ways and have been shown to affect each other. For example, people with depression are more likely to experience obesity and people with obesity are more likely to experience depression.
High rates of obesity have been observed in studied in populations with mood disorders, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and trauma.
Factors that affect both mental illness and obesity are:
- Coping behaviors
- Neurotransmitter levels
- Sociodemographic factors like poverty
Obesity has also been associated with anxiety disorders and eating disorders, specifically bulimia and binge-eating disorder.
Read more on mental health and obesity in the Stop Obesity Alliance health resources (opens pdf).
Obesity and Health Disparities
The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) 2021 Leadership Summit Session: Obesity in Communities of Color – A Closer Look at Addressing Existing Disparities