While it is no secret that mental health issues can affect your eating habits, according to a recent study, your eating habits can also play a role in increasing your chances of developing a mental disorder.
We hate to break this to you, but there are more disadvantages to eating junk food than just weight gain and poor metabolism. According to a recent study conducted by the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, consuming junk food can increase your chances of developing mental disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. While you shouldn’t dismiss your mental health issues to just a bad diet, it definitely could be a factor in play. This sucks, I know. It’s harder to curb your diet when you’re going through a phase of depression or anxiety. Contrary to popular assumptions, not everyone loses their apatite when depressed - some people actually tend to binge on food more. If you have been experiencing any depression symptoms or changes in appetite, it is recommended that you seek professional help. Online platforms like BetterHelp let you speak to licensed therapists in the comfort of your own home.
Findings from the study found fried foods to be linked to depression, while high consumption of sugar was found to be associated with bipolar disorder. “Perhaps the time has come for us to take a closer look at the role of diet in mental health because it could be that healthy diet choices contribute to mental health," said the lead author of the study Jim E Banta, Associate Professor at Loma Linda University, California, adding that although more research was required to be definite, evidence seems to be pointing in this direction.
The research claims that personal characteristics such as age, gender, education, and marital status are irrespective. Over 2,40,000 telephone surveys conducted between 2005 and 2015 were reviewed by the researchers for the study. So if you’ve been feeling low, perhaps try cutting down on the junk food. We’re hoping there will be a parallel study that will contrast this, but until that happens, let’s keep a watch on our plates!