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A better diet may beat anxiety and depression, says TV doc


A better diet may beat anxiety and depression, says TV doc
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British doctors wrote a record number of prescriptions for anti-depressants, estimated at around 70 million – double the levels they were prescribing ten years ago.WellbeingDescribing his theory as a âpersonal obsessionâ, Dr Mosley is convinced that what people eat and drink has a direct effect on their psychological wellbeing, in the same way a poor diet can impair their physical health.Dr Mosley says there is a dearth of quality research on the subject, but he cites  a recent Australian study that looked into whether a Mediterranean diet had any impact on patients with moderate or severe depression.After 12 weeks, researchers noted a striking reduction in symptoms for patients who followed the mainly fruit and vegetable-based diet, with unprocessed meat, fish, wholegrains and olive oil replacing butter and sugar.Dr Mosley, whose 2012 Horizon episode âEat Fast and Live Longerâ on the BBC triggered the 5:2 intermittent fasting phenomenon, says better nutrition could prove to be a better way to prevent or treat some mental health problems.PreparedâI realise that changing peopleâs eating habits is going to be a lot harder than prescribing pills, but for starters I would love to see medical students getting more nutritional training, so they are better prepared to offer advice when they become doctors,â he says.We are storing up real problems for the futureâIâm also keen to see what impact, if any, the new tax on sugary drinks has. Itâs a modest first step, but an important one. With the average five-year-old in the UK consuming their own weight in sugar every year, we are storing up real problems for the future.

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