According to a study published in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition, people who regularly eat pizza, hamburgers and hotdogs are 51% more likely to develop depression than those who hardly eat junk food at all.
These results come from a study involving 9000 participants who had never been diagnosed with depression before. They were monitored over a period of six months by scientists to test mood levels. By the end of the study 493 people had been diagnosed with depression or were already taking anti-depressants.
Dr Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, lead researcher from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, said: “Even eating small quantities is linked to a significantly higher chance of developing depression.”
The results support previous studies into junk food and mental health. Dr Sanchez-Villegas added that more awareness needs to be raised about the detrimental effects of processed foods, and more restrictions need to be introduced to prevent people from harming themselves both physically and psychologically by choosing the wrong food.
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