Relation Between Depression and Fast Foods-Myth or Reality

Effects of eating Junk Food

It is common knowledge that eating junk food increases our weight and leads to obesity. Junk food creates an unsatiated feeling and a craving for more of it. This creates a kind of vicious cycle where eating more leads to craving for more of the junk food leading to more weight gain and ultimately making us prone to diseases.

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In addition to its ill effects on the weight of a person, junk foods may cause an increase in the risk of heart disease and increased level of blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes as well. Apart from this, junk food also has a bearing on our mental health as per some studies conducted.

A lot of studies and research have been conducted which says that there might be a link between the food we eat and depression. Depression is most likely caused by a combination of biological, psychological, genetic and environmental factors. Studies to show the relationship between food and depression are quite recent. These studies discusses the influence of foods that are rich in sodium and sugar content, like junk foods to have an adverse effect on moods and ultimately causes depression.

What Studies are Conducted to show that there is Relation Between Depression and Fast Foods?

The latest study conducted at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, by the scientists there, reported that eating baked food like doughnuts that is commercially manufactured, as well as the consumption of fast food like pizza and hamburgers leads to depression. These results were published in the Public Health Nutrition Journal and stated that compared to people who had no fast foods or commercial baked products, the people who ate them were at 51% higher risk of developing depression. The study also reported that the more you consume these kinds of food, the greater will be your risk of falling into depression.

The study was conducted on 8,964 participants who had never taken antidepressants. The study group was made to eat junk foods and at the end of 6 months, 493 of them had slipped into depression and had started taking antidepressants.

This report affirms the results of the SUN project conducted in 2011, published in the  journal PLoS One.


The study finds a correlation between junk food and depression. Hence, it is good to eat fresh green vegetables and fruits that will give us all the nutrients as well as dietary fiber necessary to lead a healthy life. Stay off the junk food, as even if it may directly not contribute to depression, the havoc it does to the waistline by increasing the weight could surely be a source of concern and could lead to a reduced self esteem. This in turn may lead to depression.

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