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Fast Food and Depression

May 7th, 2012 · No Comments

Depression affects 121 million people worldwide. This figure makes it one of the main global causes of disability. Approximately 10% of people in the USA are now taking brain altering drugs for depression and mood disorders.

Two Studies show that eating fast food is linked to a greater risk of suffering from depression.

According to one study headed by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, eating commercial baked goods (fairy cakes, croissants, doughnuts, etc.) and fast food (hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza) is linked to depression.

Published in the Public Health Nutrition journal, the results reveal that consumers of fast food, compared to those who eat little or none, are 51% more likely to develop depression.

The study demonstrates that those participants who eat the most fast food and commercial baked goods are more likely to be single, less active and have poor dietary habits, which include eating less fruit, nuts, fish, vegetables and olive oil.

In another study called the SUN Project (University of Navarra Diet and Lifestyle Tracking Program), a 42% increase in the risk associated with fast food was found.

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