Chicago—Although weight loss rarely is
a medical emergency, patients seeking a physician's help to shed pounds often
plead for fast relief. A marital or job crisis or other emotionally charged
situation usually prompts such visits, said Scott Goldsmith, MD, of Weill
Medical College of Cornell University in New York City.
One in four persons seeing a primary care physician about weight problems
has an active psychiatric illness, usually depression, Goldsmith said at a
symposium on psychiatric aspects of obesity at the annual meeting of the American
Psychiatric Association (APA) here. These people often attribute distressed
moods to their excess weight, he noted, rather than recognizing that depression
or anxiety may have triggered their overeating.
Psychiatric Help May Shrink Some Waistlines. JAMA. 2000;284(3):291-293. doi:10.1001/jama.284.3.291