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New Study Confirms Correlation Between Fast Food And Risk Of Depression

March 30, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A study by scientists in Spain finds that consumers of fast food are 51 percent more likely to develop depression than those who eat little or none. This data support earlier research, recording 657 new cases of depression out of 12,059 people analyzed over more than six months. The researchers also note that the link between fast food and depression is “dose-responsive”: the more you eat, the greater the likelihood of depression. Participants who ate the most fast food and commercial baked goods were more likely to be single, less active and have poor dietary habits, which include eating less fruit, nuts, fish, vegetables and olive oil. The group was also more likely to smoke and work more than 45 hours a week.
Almudena Sánchez-Villegas et al., "Fast-food and commercial baked goods consumption and the risk of depression", Public Health Nutrition, March 30, 2012, © Cambridge University Press
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