Why Diet Might Be a Big Deal for Mental Health

Depression is a common mental health disorder and is estimated to affect 350 million people worldwide (1). It is expected to be the world’s second leading cause of disease burden by the year 2020. Depression is associated with decreased productivity, poor psychosocial outcomes, and decreased quality of life and well-being (2). In addition, health care services to manage this condition cost governments billions of dollars each year (1). In view of its public health impacts, there is a need for new approaches to prevent depression or to delay its progression