March 16, 2013
According to a newly published study there is an increased risk of consuming fast food such as hamburgers, fries, and hotdogs along with commercial baked goods such as doughnuts and rates of depression.
This study consisted of 8,964 participants that had never been diagnosed with depression or had never taken antidepressants. After being assessed initially to establish a baseline they were followed for 6 months using follow-up questionnaires. The incidence of depression was determined by either having a diagnosis by a physician or by having started taking anti-depressant medication in one of the follow up surveys.
Those that consumed the most fast food and baked goods had a 51% increased rate of depression than those that consumed little to none. Another previous study in 2011 found a 42% increased rate of depression among those that consumed the most fast food and baked goods.
Fast-food and commercial baked goods consumption and the risk of depression. Public Health Nutr. 2012 Mar;15(3):424-32.