Depression, poor diet and obesity are often closely linked, as illustrated by the incredible story of former high-level athlete Alex Goodrich.
Alex Goodrich had three lives, which he summarized in a series of pictures posted on social networks. First judo champion, this young Englishman became obese, eventually becoming a bodybuilding enthusiast.
Prior to 2010, Alex Goodrich was a top judoka, training hard for the London 2012 Olympics. But during training, he gets a punch that will make him lose sight of one eye. Disabled, he can no longer participate in competitions, stops training and becomes obese. In fact, the man can not overcome his accident and suffers from severe depression. "I fell into the spiral of depression by locking myself in, cutting myself off from the world, I can say I was at the bottom of my life, I was broken, I was anxious, stressed and in depression I consoled myself in junk food: chips, chocolate and fast food I developed sleep apnea, "says the unfortunate.
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Cause ive done my serious post for today and it's transformation Tuesday
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It's Monday everybody.- - - Who is your motivation.- - - I've always been incredibly lucky as I've always been intrinsically motivated.- - - I've been highly motivated by my mum and dad who have worked hard all their lives, and I've never wanted to do anything.- - - Finding your heroes and getting used to getting started.- - - Unfortunately motivation does not last, clothes do. Form clothes every day that you take to your goal / - - - Who motivates you ???? - - Tan @lisa_bestofthebest Photographer @matt__marsh
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More than 150 kilos
At the lowest for several years, Alex Goodrich ended up weighing more than 150 kilos, and made a suicide attempt in November 2016. The fact that he survives a click. Assisted by psychologists and dieticians, he sets a new goal: to become a champion of bodybuilding. He follows for two years a high protein diet and goes to the gym 6 days a week. He manages to go down to 85 kilos. In the photo above, we can see that it is all in muscles. "I managed to put aside the unnecessary suffering of my life and I changed from a victim I became a hero," says one who now aims to participate in the contest Pure Elite, the largest bodybuilding competition in Europe.
As in the case of Alex Goodrich, and according to a Swiss study, obesity is often a corollary state of depression. "The psychological profile of obese patients with eating disorders is often characterized by decreased self-esteem, overall dissatisfaction with life, impulsivity, phobias and hostility. So it's not surprising that the combination of obesity and eating disorders is enriched by the presence of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, "the researchers say. Out of 150 obese patients with unspecified eating disorders, they showed that about 75% had a positive self-report score of depression, that about 60% had moderate to very high anxiety and about 50% of the group had self-assertion issues.
Sport and depression
Still based on the story of Alex Goodrich, remember that sport is one of the essential ways to cure depression. According to researchers at the University of Thessaly, Greece, who have analyzed a series of randomized clinical trials, aerobic exercises are more effective than conventional antidepressant treatments and psychological therapies.
The researchers based their research on 11 trials involving 455 patients aged 18 to 65 years with major depression. All performed moderate-intensity supervised aerobic exercise on average for 45 minutes, 3 times a week, for 9.2 weeks.
A cluster of symptoms
Depression is described as a cluster of symptoms whose mood (sadness, loss of pleasure or anhedonia) is only one dimension alongside instinctual functions (sleep, appetite and libido) and strongly altered cognitive and motor functions. "Moreover, for the syndrome to be pathological, it is necessary to objectify a clinical suffering and / or an alteration of the professional, family and social functioning of the person", specify the experts.
According to INPES, the symptoms of depression are characterized by: living for at least two consecutive weeks feeling sad, depressed or hopeless, almost all day, almost every day; live for at least two weeks in a row having lost interest in most things, almost all day, almost every day; Feel exhausted or lack energy more than usual have taken or lost at least five kilos; have more than usual trouble sleeping; to have a lot more trouble than usual to concentrate; have thought a lot about death; losing interest in most things such as hobbies, work or activities that usually give pleasure.