The role of nutrition and mental health in an increasingly remedial society It is astonishing how many people think a junk food diet is cheaper than a healthy one and therefore, at a time when money is increasingly tight, believe such fare is an acceptable compromise. The physical consequences of habitually consuming processed convenience foods […]
A cross-sectional study examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in Britain finding happiness and mental health are highest among those eating 7 portions of fruit and vegetables/day. Only a tenth of the population achieve this, whilst a quarter eat just one or no portions/day.
Nutritional Science One Bite at a Time Part of the ’49 Ways to Well-being Series With the advent of modern processed foods, we have long forgotten the extent to which our diet can influence our health. We have become oblivious to the significance of our food and beverage choices and the impact on our mood […]
Martina Watts, who both organised and spoke at this conference in December, reports: Last year, the food campaigner Sustain and the Mental Health Foundation reported how dietary changes may be one of the driving forces behind the rising tide of mental health problems. (see Foods Matter, Feb 2006). Depression has increased twenty-fold since 1945 and, […]
A recipe for madness? The standard advice to “just eat a healthy balanced diet” is at least half a century out of date. What exactly is it that we are supposed to balance? Should we mix’n’match different pesticide residues in our food or change our preferred brand of flavoured crisps? The processed convenience food we […]
How the Food in our Fridge can affect our minds. Article first published in ‘Mental Health Today’ journal, September 2008. Whenever I listen to debates about the benefits of drug and behavioural therapies in treating mental health problems, I am astonished that nobody mentions the most obvious therapy of them all. ‘Diet!’ I yell at […]
The role of nutrition is fundamental to human health and well-being. It is, however, often overlooked when treating people with mental health problems.This handbook explains the science behind nutrition and its effects on mental health, in a clear, accessible way. It helps readers to think about the complex and dynamic relationship between mental health, diet […]