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Nutritional psychiatry: implications for public health

conference contribution
posted on 2021-10-01, 00:00 authored by Felice JackaFelice Jacka
Abstract
With depressive disorders the leading source of disability globally, the identification of new targets for prevention and management is imperative. The 20th century has seen major shifts in dietary intakes globally, with a marked increase in the consumption of sugars, snack foods, take-away foods and high-energy foods. At the same time, the consumption of nutrient-dense foods, such as high-nutrient vegetables and raw fruits, is diminishing. Poor diet is now recognized as the leading risk factor for illness and early mortality globally. However, there is now overwhelming body of evidence to tell us that unhealthy diet is also a key risk factor for psychiatric illnesses, including depression, anxiety and dementia. Current evidence highlights major developments in understanding the mechanistic pathways linking diet to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative outcomes. New research activities are underway in this field, however there is already a strong evidence for diet as a key strategy for improving mental and brain health. There is a need to address all the recent advances in the public health and policy imperatives and for translating the evidence into improvements to individual and population health.

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Volume

31

Issue

Supplement_3

Pagination

11 - 11

Publisher

OXFORD UNIV PRESS

ISSN

1101-1262

eISSN

1464-360X

Language

English

Publication classification

E3 Extract of paper

Title of proceedings

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

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