January 16, 2006

Poor Mental Health linked to Poor Diet

Changes to diets over the last 50 years may be playing a key role in the rise of mental illness, a study says. There is some evidence to support this claim, in the area of schizophrenia causal factors and prevention - but its not extremely strong.

Food campaigners Sustain and the Mental Health Foundation say the way food is now produced has altered the balance of key nutrients people consume.

The period has also seen the UK population eating less fresh food and more saturated fats and sugars.

They say this is leading to depression and memory problems, but food experts say the research is not conclusive.

More information see: BBC News: Mental health link to diet change

Food and Mental Health Campaign


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