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Fast Food Cause Depression

Fast Food Cause Depression

(ePharmaNews) - We often heard our grandmas complaining about the food teenagers eat nowadays, and "crying over” the old ways of cooking. According to a recent study, the elders appear to be right again! The study said that eating commercial baked goods and fast food increase the risk of depression, a disease that affects 121 million people worldwide each year which makes it one of the main global causes of disability.

The study led by scientists at University of Granada in Spain, and published in the Public Health Nutrition journal. It concludes that people who eat commercial baked food (fairy cakes, croissants, doughnuts, etc.) and fast food (hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza) are more likely to have depression by 51% compared with people who do not rely on these foods in their diet.

Researchers also noted a dose-response relationship, which means in other words that "the more fast food you consume, the greater the risk of depression," as one of the researchers said.

The study consisted of 8,964 participants that had never been diagnosed with depression or taken antidepressants. They were assessed for an average of six months, and 493 were diagnosed with depression or started to take antidepressants.

The study demonstrates a group of common characters among those participants who eat fast food and commercial baked goods, they are more likely to be single, less active, smoking, working more than 45 hours per week and have poor dietary habits, which include eating less fruit, nuts, fish, vegetables and olive oil which have proven by previous studies to be useful in the prevention of depression, as they contain compounds of vitamin B and omega-3.
Sánchez-Villegas, the study lead author concluded that "although more studies are necessary, the intake of this type of food should be controlled because of its implications on both health (obesity, cardiovascular diseases) and mental well-being."
Meanwhile, previous studies have recorded a rise by 200% in the amount of adults that eat fast food between 1977 and 1955, and government sources in the United States estimated that nearly $ 165 billion has been spent on the fast-food restaurant in 2010 in America, so if the results linking fast food with depression are correct, we will notice frightening rise in the rate of people with depression around the world in the coming years.

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Prepared by: Marcell Shehwaro
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro

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