We all know fast food isn’t good for our diets or waistline, but now a new study has established it is not good for our mental health either.
A recent study by Spanish scientists shows that there is a direct relationship between eating fast food or baked goods, such as doughnuts, cakes and croissants, and the risk of developing depression.
The findings reveal that consumers of fast food are 51% more likely to develop depression than those who rarely or never eat junk food. Those who don’t think it’s too bad to eat the occasional burger and fries should take note; according to Almudena Sánchez-Villegas, lead author of the study, the connection between the two is so strong that “the more fast food you consume, the greater the risk of depression.”
Another discovery of the study was that those who ate the most fast food were likely to be single, less active and have poor dietary habits, and they were more likely to work over 45 hours per week and smoke.
Perhaps it is all those things combined that make these people more susceptible to depression? Either way, this is a clear signal that fast food is not healthy – for body or mind.
This study has been published in the Public Health Nutrition journal.
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