Posted By: Jennifer Weeks
The odds an American will make a New Year's resolution to eat a healthier diet, either by consuming less or by making smarter choices, are 1 in 4.76. Food choices are critical to our health because what we eat to a large degree determines how well we are. Poor eating habits don't just promote physical problems like obesity, heart disease, and some types of cancer-they also can affect your mind. One recent British study found a link between diets high in processed foods and depression. In a different US study, 106 overweight subjects went on diets, but half followed a low-fat, high-carbohydrate regimen while the others did the opposite. Both groups lost weight, but the people who ate food high in carbs reported feeling happier and less depressed than they had before starting.
That convergence could account for the highly similar odds that an adult in the US often overeats junk food (1 in 5.26) and that an adult has been diagnosed with a major depressiveRead More »from Food and mood: We are what we eat