There is nothing wrong with putting on a little bit of weight. But the problem is, many don’t realise it until it starts to accumulate over the years. The change in our food habits and drop in our physical activity level results in weight gain. The lack of sunlight in winter can have a profound effect on our hormones, and it will affect some of us more than others. Some may experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is a form of depression with onset during the winter months. The symptoms include sadness, irritability, increase in appetite and can result in weight gain. While it is true that Australia experiences a milder winter compared to other parts of the world, many are still affected by SAD or ‘winter blues’. The good news is that these conditions will subside as the weather gets warmer during spring. But it may hang around for some longer than others. It is important to seek professional help if symptoms don’t improve. Mental health issues are just as important as any other health problem; one in five Australians will experience a mental illness every year. It affects more people than we think so make sure to seek help from a health professional. You can reach out to Lifeline or Beyond Blue for support.