Updated: Feb 27, 2021
Unhealthy food consumption can affect your mental health and evidence found by researchers confirms this. The evidence places the blame on people’s less than nutritious eating habits and links them to the development of mental health problems. Mental health disorders linked to unhealthy eating habits include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia.
People who do not report any signs of mental health problems are those who consume freshly squeezed juice or fruits/vegetables every day than people who do report them. Researchers suggest that in order for people to create a balance between their feelings and mood, they need to maintain a diet consisting of eating vegetables and fruits. Here is a detailed look at how food consumption affects the development of certain mental health disorders:
Poor Diet and Depression
When people consume unhealthy foods for a long duration of time, it increases their chance to develop depression. One of the most common symptoms of depression is a change in appetite when an individual surrounds him or herself around comfort food.
An Addiction to Sugar
People addicted to eating sugary foods may become obese, which then can lead to a mental health disorder such as binge eating. People will need to visit their physician for treatment to break their habit of eating unhealthy foods regularly.
Diabetes and Schizophrenia
Oftentimes, people diagnosed with schizophrenia are diabetics as well. Even though no latest studies on establishing the link between diabetes and schizophrenia have been conducted, older studies conducted on this subject show a connection between the two.
Stress can cause a person to consume unnecessary amounts of sugar. Usually, when people feel stressed, they reach for sugary snacks such as candies, cookies, brownies, chocolate, muffins, and cakes. The optimal way to reduce stress is to get in the habit of exercising regularly. They can join an exercise class if they are unable to work out alone. Sometimes, being around people can motivate a person to keep going.
Diet and Its Affect on the Mental Health of Young Adults
Young adults with poor and unhealthy eating habits exhibit mental health problems than those with healthy eating habits. Moreover, people with existing mental health disorders may not be able to make healthy choices.
It is pertinent for parents of young children to teach them healthy eating habits from the beginning. They should introduce healthy foods into the house and try not to eat fast food. By enforcing healthy eating habits, children are more likely to eat healthy as adults. Moreover, enlist them in an activity either at school or outside of school. Encourage healthy eating habits to reduce your child’s probability of developing mental health disorders. If you eat unhealthy food, it is time you change your diet as well.
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