Junk Food & Psychological Distress

February 26, 2019

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Does What You Eat Contribute To Your Psychological Well-Being?

According to a recent study done by The Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center in California, adults who tend to consume food considered unhealthy were also more likely to show signs of psychological distress than those who eat healthy.

For this study, there were over 240,000 phone surveys conducted across various parts of California. The surveys took place between the years 2005 and 2015. This was done through the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). After years of studying, and researching, the results showed that roughly 17% of adults in regions around California are possible to experience mental illnesses. Within the 17%, the study also showed that 13.2% had moderate psychological stress while 3.7% had severe psychological distress. Another result found in this study was how an increased intake of sugar can be connected to bipolar disorder, and eating a high amount of foods that are fried, have high amounts of sugar and processed grains can link to depression.

One of the lead authors of this study, Jim E. Banta, mentions how important he thinks the correlation between mental illnesses and healthy diets are. Although the research done along with this study at Loma Linda University is relatively small, it is still revealing that there could be an underlying connection between these two things. All of this information allows scientists to further study this information and make more conclusions from it. 

While it can sometimes be hard to get valuable, honest data, scientists studying this research took many different variables into consideration. They also factored in how not everyone with a poor diet has a mental illness and not everyone with a mental illness has a poor diet. 

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