When Being Overweight Becomes a Mental Health Issue

People who are both under and overweight often attribute it their genes. I remember as a teenager saying that my weight was due to a high metabolism. To some extent, research has backed this assertion, suggesting that genetics contribute to obesity by influencing things like metabolism, body-fat distribution, food cravings, and the tendency to use eating as a way to cope with stress. The latter two are the aspects that mental health professionals tend to focus on. A phrase that has become repeated in the fields of mental and medical health is, “Genetics loads the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.” In fact, it has become so prevalent, no one any knows exactly who to attribute it to.

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