Depression, diet and exercise

Jacka, Felice N. and Berk, Michael 2012, Depression, diet and exercise, Medical journal of Australia, vol. Open 1, no. Supplement 4, pp. 21-23.

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Title Depression, diet and exercise
Author(s) Jacka, Felice N.
Berk, Michael
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number Open 1
Issue number Supplement 4
Start page 21
End page 23
Total pages 3
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty Ltd
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N.S.W.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0025-729X
Keyword(s) depression
diet
exercise
Summary Unhealthy lifestyle behaviour is driving an increase in the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases worldwide.

Recent evidence suggests that poor diet and a lack of exercise contribute to the genesis and course of depression.

While studies examining dietary improvement as a treatment strategy in depression are lacking, epidemiological evidence clearly points to diet quality being of importance to the risk of depression.

Exercise has been shown to be an effective treatment strategy for depression, but this is not reflected in treatment guidelines, and increased physical activity is not routinely encouraged when managing depression in clinical practice.

Recommendations regarding dietary improvement, increases in physical activity and smoking cessation should be routinely given to patients with depression.

Specialised and detailed advice may not be necessary. Recommendations should focus on following national guidelines for healthy eating and physical activity.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049028

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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