Cory Metzler used to be what she called a “closet eater. Cory, who suffered from depression at the time, says the treats gave her “a two-second lift, then hours of hateful regret. What Cory didn’t realize at the time was that her food choices weren’t just bringing her regret — the connection between sugary treats and her mood may have been even stronger. While it’s widely known that nutrition plays a key role in a person’s physical health, it directly affects emotional well-being, too. Gabriela Cora, a board-certified psychiatrist. Dopamine and serotonin are two common examples. A steady diet of junk food, on the other hand, can cause inflammation that hampers production.
Mental disorders, particularly depression, account for the highest burden of global disability. Half of mental illnesses first manifest prior to 14 years of age and childhood disorders are linked to a range of long-term deleterious social, criminal and economic outcomes in adulthood. Despite an increase in the recognition and treatment of depression and anxiety, new data from around the globe suggest that rates may be increasing, rather than decreasing, particularly in young people. The 20th century has seen major shifts in dietary intakes globally, with a marked increase in the consumption of sugars, snack foods, take-away foods and high-energy foods. At the same time, the consumption of nutrient and fibre-dense foods is diminishing. These changes are particularly obvious in younger cohorts. Indeed, the latest data from the Global Burden of Disease Study tells us that unhealthy diet is now the leading cause of early death. Since , our team, and others, have led many observational studies, across countries, cultures and age groups, showing that diet matters to depression. Better quality diets are consistently associated with reduced depression risk, while unhealthy dietary patterns — higher in processed foods — are associated with increased depression and often anxiety. This even seems to be the case right at the start of life. We led a very large study of more than 20, mothers and their children that showed that the children of mothers who ate an unhealthier diet during pregnancy had higher level of behaviours that are linked to mental disorders. This finding has since been replicated in two other large cohort studies.
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