New Study Finds People Who Eat the Most Junk Food at Higher Risk for Depression
According to a new study, eating certain junk foods on a regular basis may increase your risk for The study found that people who regularly eat
commercial baked goods and packaged
goods suffer more from depression.
The researchers took 9,000 people
who were not depressed and followed
them for six years. They had the
subject self-report what they ate.
At the end of the study they found
that the people who ate the most
junk food had a 51% higher chance
of suffering from clinical depression
than those who didn't eat much junk food.
500 people ended up with clinical depression
at the end of the study.
Scientists don't know why
junk food causes depression -- or if it really
does. There is a clear correlation, although this does
not prove causation. For example,
people who are more prone to depression
may crave junk food. Still, the
study results are interesting. Other studies
found that people who
followed the Mediterranean
Diet with plenty of
whole grains, fruit, fish,
vegetables and nuts, suffered
from much lower rates of
depression. CBS' Jeff Glor and Rebecca Jarvis discuss the findings with Dr. Holly Phillips.
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Posted on April 7, 2012
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