We Are What We Eat

May 11, 2012

Fast Food Linked to Depression

Many say we are what we eat.  A recent article published on PsychCentral.com reported according to a recent study there is a direct link between consuming fast food and developing depression.  Fast foods are commercially prepared baked goods such as donuts, cakes, croissants, and other fast food products such as hamburgers, French fries, burritos, tacos, and the like.  The study was conducted by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada.  “The more fast food you consume, the greater risk of depression” said Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, Ph. D., lead author of the study.  Eating even small quantities is linked to a significantly higher chance of developing depression” also said Sanchez-Villegas.  This study proves it is even more important for individuals to eat better quality, healthier foods consisting of B Vitamins, Omega-3 acids, and olive oil.
The study, which was published in the Public Health Nutrition Journal, followed 8,964 people that were never diagnosed with depression or have never taken antidepressants.  The individuals were a part of the SUN Project, Navarra Diet Lifestyle Tracking Program and were followed for six months on an average and 493 of the participitants were diagnosed with depression or started a course of antidepressants.  The study participants also consumed unhealthy fast food which helped contribute to their depression symptoms.  Depression can be cured and managed through medications, diet, exercise, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
1.  Mayo Clinic Staff.  “Depression (major depression).”  Date of Access:  5 Apr 2012.

2.  Grohol, John M.  Psy. D.  “Fast Food Linked to Depression.”  PsychCentral.com.  2 Apr 2012.  Date of Access:  5 Apr 2012. http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/04/01/fast-food-linked-to-depression/36798.html.

24 thoughts on “We Are What We Eat”

  1. I would say eating incorrectly would make you depressed. There are many people that are over weight because of not eating right or over eating. I have been there before I gained a lot of weight after my son was born, I only once a day because I was not hungry at all. But I started walking and loosing weight and am slowly getting back to my self. I don’t think most people understand how to eat correctly so inturn they over eat or dont eat enough.

  2. its sad but we live in a society so fast paced. even in the grocery stores we are inticed with quick fix meals that are processed. I think once man can figure out a way to slow his way of life down. Fast food will no longer rule our society as a whole.

  3. Therer is an indipendant film named, “Supersize Me” That showed these same results. The produser went on a 30 day McDonalds only diet. He reperorted that after a time he only felt “good” after eating…

  4. Love Taco Bueno, and Mcdonalds. I tend to eat it when I am depressed or under stressed. Which makes me more depressed because I know I many calories it does it have. I do however, try to get the cheapest thing on the menu, The dollar burrito or the dollar cheese burger, thinking it make me feel better. I know I don’t eat right. I usually don’t eat all day. Maybe a piece of 100% of whole wheat toast and wheat rice. Need more veggies and fruit in my diet!

  5. My favorite part of the fast food is the fast part, instead of the food. I really don’t like this type of food. Sometimes, pizza is something I like to eat. My kids like thou, but I feel guilty every time they eat fast food. It is sooooo unhealthy. I guess, I got used to the american way of life and the easy way of having things. But that is also the easy way of having health issues. What is wrong with cooking? I love it.

  6. I don’t eat a lot of fast foods but I do eat things at home that are prepackaged. I’m a positive person most of the time so I don’t know if prepackaged food is much different than fast food, but I like McDonald’s once in a while. I also like Taco Bell, in fact I prefer Mexican food to any other. Most the time the Mexican food I eat though isn’t fast food it’s home cooked style. Having a small budget while going to school keeps me from eating out as much so after reading the article, it sounds like that my be a good thing.

  7. My favorite fast food is Taco Bueno beef chilada platter. It is the quickness of getting the food and not having to wait for it to cook. I will admit that there is way to much in the container they provide, but I get a variety. I know it is not healthy and cooking is great, but when you are on a budget like me, it is cheaper to eat out once a day than it is for me to go buy groceries. I have to have a steak or chicken, just a pbj, grilled cheese, or turkey sandwich is just not going to cut it for me. lol….I will do my best as a new year resolution to eat better. I am headed to Hawaii this week so I will try to sample some fresh fish…YUCK!!

  8. I have taken nutrition classes and also read alot of health magazines. I agree that fried are mood altering and that we don’t need them.
    Deep fried in a restaurant is worse than pan frying because the food isn’t immersed in grease but I still try to avoid fried foods!
    I believe that if fried foods cause depression then taking them out of your diet will restore you to good mental health, no need to take synthetic drugs that can harm you as well, totally against that!

  9. This is very true. I have noticed when I eat a healthier diet I am happier and more energetic. When I start eating more “junk” food I tend to be sluggish, tired, and mopey. I am glad they did this study I hope it influences more people to start eating healthier.

  10. My favorite fast food is probably Taco Bueno. I really like Mexican food, it’s my favorite. I honestly do not think that this blog would make me change my mind about eating fast food. I have struggled with depression for a long time for various reasons. I could see how part of it may come from eating fast food or just unhealthy food, but I do not think that is my main cause of depression.

  11. My favorite fast food used to be Taco Bueno. But after this week and this blog I have a completely different outlook on any fast food business. This makes sense to me though. I dont really notice me being depressed after eating fast food but I do notice that I feel a lot better after eating healthier.

  12. I absolutely agree with this. Fast food is just horrible and makes people feel sluggish and not want to do anything which seems to make sense for it to cause depression. I try my hardest to avoid fast food but this past week I have been eating a little more than usual. I will definitely get back on my healthy eating.

  13. My favorite fast food is Taco Bueno. I don’t eat it all the time, so I will still continue to eat it on the occasions that I do. I normally only eat fast food when I’m really hungry and don’t want to wait on food, or if I am in a rush for time. I have noticed that maintaining a healthier diet makes me feel better and I seem to have more energy.

  14. My favorite fast food is probably Arby’s. They have a lot of tasty stuff on the menu. Before I started school it was hard to set aside a time to eat. I would mostly just wait until my stomach was so hungry that I would just go find the easiest thing to eat…fast food. Now I eat on a fairly regular schedule and I have a much better mood!

  15. This article plus what we have learned this week makes me even more motivated to eat better. My health is better than it was two years ago. Wonder how much better it could be?

  16. My favorite fast food is Taco Bueno. I do realize it is not a good choice. But when you have a very busy life sometimes its a matter of convience.

  17. i wouldn’t have thought that there was a direct link from the fast food i eat to my depression. good thing i was planing to change to a healthier diet after this week anyway. all this colon heath information has me wanting to not eat a lot of the things i have, and been doing so without thinking about it.

  18. Its true i always feel lazy,sluggish,tired after i eat fast food. When i eat home cooked food and healthier food i feel better. I totally believe it affects your mood.

  19. That is so true I really didn’t realize foods can cause depression but that is why we have comfort foods. I know what I should be eating but it is hard sometimes to say on track because my taste buds wants something different and new if I eat the same thing over and over again they get bored and I get bored and eat unhealthy things. But the video fork over knives helped me kick soda which is a good thing.

  20. I can believe this, because I have noticed in my own eating habits, that if I eat a bunch of fast food like mc donalds or something I feel tired, bloated, and sluggish.

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