Junk food and depression

According to a study done by Healthy Fast Food and Fast Food Maps, over 25% of Americans consume junk food daily. Americans spend nearly $100 billion on fast foods every year with children in the age group of 6-14 eating junk food more than 157,000,000 times every month. According to another study done by Public Health Nutrition, the junk food that people enjoy so much can do a lot more than just expanding your waistline, it possesses the capability to affect your brain and lifestyle too.

The study done by Public Health Nutrition indicates that people who consume junk food like hamburgers, croissants, pizzas, fries etc. regularly are at much greater risk of depression than others. University of Las Palmas De Gran Canaria in association with University of Granada conducted a study on 9000 participants for a period of six years. The participants were studied on the basis of their daily intake of fast foods (burgers, fries, pizza etc) and the results were staggering. Those who ate the most fast foods were 51% more likely to suffer from depression. By the end of the study, more than 500 people were diagnosed with depression.

According to Dr. Holly Phillips, “The results are absolutely shocking”. According to her while having junk foods once in a while is okay, one should not accustom to the greed and ease that these foods impart. And if someone is savoring these foods regularly, then at least an effort should be made to include healthy stuff like green vegetables to counter their negativity.

It’s amazing how small changes in your daily life style can impact your life on the whole. Training your mind not to eat junk food regularly not only helps you reach prime health but also safeguards you from unnecessary evils like depression.