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Date published: 2006/01/16

The BBC says:

Changes to diets over the last 50 years may be playing a key role in the rise of mental illness, a study says.

Food campaigners Sustain and the Mental Health Foundation say the way food is now produced has altered the balance of key nutrients people consume.

The period has also seen the UK population eating less fresh food and more saturated fats and sugars.

They say this is leading to depression and memory problems, but food experts say the research is not conclusive.
The report said people were eating 34% less vegetables and two-thirds less fish - the main source of omega-3 fatty acids - than they were 50 years ago.

Such changes, the study said, could be linked to depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Alzheimer's disease.

The two groups urged people to adopt healthier diets, with more fresh vegetables, fruit and fish, and called on the government to raise awareness about the issue.
Rebecca Foster, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, said: "The evidence associating mental health and nutrient intake is in its infancy, this is a very difficult association to research and in many cases results are subjective.

"Therefore, it is difficult to draw conclusions about the association between mental illness and dietary intake at this point.

It's amazing with all these "end of the world" reports that the UK still functions as a society at all. Unfortunately some of the comfortable middle classes have nothing better to do with their lives then rue the passing of the alleged golden era from 50 (or name your random numer) years ago (with diet, transportation, education, crime, culture, you name it). No doubt in 50 years the same ilk will be publishing the same laments about the golden era of 2006, and no doubt 50 years ago the same happened about the golden era of 1906. And the government already spends money raising "awareness about the issue". (Perhaps the people who wrote this report are too superior to watch commercial television.) But nobody pays much attention to anything the government says.

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