Can going on a diet cause depression?

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    Can going on a diet cause depression?

    Losing weight was like a mission to me, I would set a goal but had no idea what that would be. I am obsessed with weighing myself every day and would be upset anytime the scale moved. But I also noticed that dieting has worsened my mood. I am worried that my dieting has a negative effect on my mental health, can dieting really cause depression?

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    Dieting in general doesn’t cause or trigger depression, but obsessing over a number on a scale and what you’re eating can affect your mental health in a negative way.

    If you haven’t done it already, I would encourage you to throw your scale out. I also recommend seeking more professional help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shellygrrl View Post
    Dieting in general doesn’t cause or trigger depression, but obsessing over a number on a scale and what you’re eating can affect your mental health in a negative way.

    If you haven’t done it already, I would encourage you to throw your scale out. I also recommend seeking more professional help.
    Thank you, will get professional help

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    I think Diet and food can definitely have a big impact on your mental state. Everyone is so different in terms of what their body is accustomed to and what works for them, but it's definitely important to eat whole foods and have a well rounded diet. Sometimes it just takes pushing through and adjustment period and sometimes it means the diet doesn't have everything your body needs. I have definitely benefited from experimenting with different ways of eating and seeing how it effects my mood and finding a way that is right for me.

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