Study found link between mental disorder, unhealthy nutritional choices in this high-risk population

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression may increase the risk of poor nutrition and obesity among Americans receiving food assistance, a new study suggests.

The researchers looked at more than 600 people who were the main food shoppers in low-income families living in “food deserts” in Pittsburgh. The term refers to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods, such as fresh produce. All of the participants were enrolled in a food assistance program.

There was a strong link between depression, poor nutrition and high body-mass index (BMI) — an estimate of body fat based on height and weight, according to the study in the March 10 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

However, the research did not prove that depression was a cause of bad eating habits or obesity.

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