Diet and depression link not all in the mind

Research finds a biological link between the two

Evidence of a biological link between diet and depression has emerged in a study of associations between diet, BMI, inflammatory markers and mental health in adolescents.

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While the link between overweight/obesity and depression is well known, this research has focused on the biologically plausible pathways of adiposity and inflammation.

It shows that a Western dietary pattern with a high intake of red meat and processed food is associated with an increased risk of mental health problems, including depressive symptoms in adolescents through