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Wondering why you're still single? It may have to do with what you're eating, write Melanie Hearse and Amanda Powell.
A recent study by the University of Granada in Spain found that fast food consumers are 51 per cent more likely to develop depression than those who eat little or none. Worse, the more fast food that participants consumed, the greater the risk of depression. The study also indicated that those who ate the most fast food and commercial baked goods were more likely to be single, less active and have poor dietary habits.
Looking at it from the other angle, accredited practicing dietitian Lisa Renn notes that depression certainly makes weight maintenance or loss difficult as those who are severely depressed are often unable to maintain the normal daily activities such as shopping and preparing food, meaning fast food becomes an easy option – particularly for those who tend to eat more when their mood is low.
Renn says that weight and appearance is often linked with self-esteem, suggesting that if someone is depressed and already feeling down, the increased weight that comes from eating fast food will exacerbate the low mood, creating an unhealthy cycle.