| Health » Fast food not only makes you fat, it also contributes to depression
|Fast food not only makes you fat, it also contributes to depression
(NaturalNews) You already know that the McLarge burger youíre stuffing
in your face isnít healthy for you. What you may not know, however, is
that all that fast food is doing more than just expanding your waistline
- it could be giving you a serious case of depression as well.
A study of some 8,964 people found that eating junk and fast food has a negative effect on mental health.
of our American favorites - burgers, pizza, hot dogs - are on the list
of fast or non-nutritional foods that contribute to a darker mood. In
fact, the study found that people who eat those foods often were 51
percent more likely to become depressed, as evidenced by http://www.webmd.com, among other signs and symptoms.
Even small quantities are bad for you
study also found that those most likely to over-indulge in such
unhealthy fare were single, less physically active, smokers and those
who worked more than 45 hours per week.
Researchers, whose data have been published in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition,
found that of the nearly 9,000 people studied over a six-month period,
493 were diagnosed with clinical depression or otherwise began taking
anti-depressants. People with extremely high or low daily caloric
intake, or had obesity-related diseases, were excluded from the study.
Dr. Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, lead researcher from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Grenada, said data found that commercially baked foods produce similarly depressive effects.
eating small quantities is linked to a significantly higher chance of
developing depression," she said. "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
Sanchez-Villegas noted that her findings were
similar to earlier studies that found a correlation between higher
intake of fast food and depression.
Her research supports the results of the SUN project in 2011, which were published in the PloS One
journal. That six-month study of 12,059 people found 657 new cases of
depression; in all, the study recorded a 42 percent increase in the risk
of depression associated with fast food.
are lots of problems and issues associated with poor diets, not the
least of which are health problems - obesity, diabetes, cardiac disease,
high blood pressure and an increased risk of stroke, to name a few.
there is an added element of risk for those who seek relief from their
food-caused depression by taking anti-depressant medications. Thatís
because other studies have shown that taking medications for depression can actually increase depression and suicidal tendencies - a finding that is also backed by the Food and Drug Administration.
labels contain 70 negative side-effects on average. Even very regularly
prescribed drugs can have 100 negative side-effects, with some drugs
lurking up around 525 negative side-effects. Suicidal thoughts leading
to an increased risk of suicide is just one of those side-effects to
look out for, following the very last possible side effects - death,"
says a report in Natural Society.
Regarding the apparent
link between fast food and depression, researchers arenít sure if one
causes the other, or vice versa. Certainly people who are obese can
become depressed about their condition, but itís not clear if unhealthy
diets which are causing their obesity are also causing their depression,
What is clear, though, is that a poor diet and
increased incidents of depression are related, and that should be just
one more reason to drive by the drive-through and get yourself a healthy
meal somewhere else.
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