One cause of depression is junk foods

One cause of depression is junk foods

Here is yet another collection of studies showing how junk foods, fast foods and takeaways all significantly contribute to depression.

The studies

  • Public Health Nutrition looked at the diets of nearly 9000 Spanish adults
  • The risk for depression increased when they consumed more fast food
  • At the beginning of the study, none of the participants had depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure
  • Over 6 years later, the people with the highest consumption of junk food had a 37% increased risk of being diagnosed with depression

Pretty simple maths isn’t it.

Study references:

Sánchez-Villegas A, Delgado-Rodríguez M, Alonso A, Schlatter J, Lahortiga F, Serra Majem L, & Martínez-González MA (2009). Association of the Mediterranean dietary pattern with the incidence of depression: the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra/University of Navarra follow-up (SUN) cohort. Archives of general psychiatry, 66 (10), 1090-8 PMID:.

Antonogeorgos G, Panagiotakos DB, Pitsavos C, Papageorgiou C, Chrysohoou C, Papadimitriou GN, & Stefanadis C (2012). Understanding the role of depression and anxiety on cardiovascular disease risk, using structural equation modeling; the mediating effect of the Mediterranean diet and physical activity: the ATTICA study. Annals of epidemiology, 22 (9), 630-7 PMID: 

Sánchez-Villegas A, Toledo E, de Irala J, Ruiz-Canela M, Pla-Vidal J, & Martínez-González MA (2012). Fast-food and commercial baked goods consumption and the risk of depression. Public health nutrition, 15 (3), 424-32 PMID.

Appelhans BM, Whited MC, Schneider KL, Ma Y, Oleski JL, Merriam PA, Waring ME, Olendzki BC, Mann DM, Ockene IS, & Pagoto SL (2012). Depression severity, diet quality, and physical activity in women with obesity and depression. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112 (5), 693-8 PMID:.


Posted: Thursday 4 October 2012