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Abdominal Obesity Linked to Anxiety and Depression

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  • Worldwide, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability, and anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S.
  • In the U.S., more than 16 million people struggle with depression, and 1 in 4 women in their 40s and 50s are on antidepressant drugs. Up to 14 percent of pregnant women are also on antidepressants, despite the risk of birth defects
  • There are compelling links between a high-sugar, processed food diet and poor mental health outcomes, and studies investigating the connection between obesity and mental health add further support to the diet-depression link
  • Studies have shown women with abdominal obesity are at increased risk of anxiety and depression
  • On the whole, a diet that nourishes your gut microbiome, reduces insulin resistance and optimizes mitochondrial function — such as a cyclical ketogenic diet — is going to have a beneficial impact on both your physical and mental health

By Dr. Mercola

Depression and anxiety are two leading mental health problems that have seen a dramatic rise in incidence in recent years. Worldwide, depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability, with rates rising 18 percent in the decade between 2005 and 2015.


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