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JUNK FOOD BLUES : Are depression and diet related? Read here

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Feeling depressed? It’s time to cut out the unhealthy junk food from your diet as it increases the risk of psychological disorders including bipolar disorder and depression, say researchers.

Junk food is not only harmful for metabolism but also increases the risk of psychological problems such as bipolar disorder and depression, irrespective of personal characteristics such as age, gender, education and marital status, according to the study, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.
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High-sugar consumption was found to be linked with bipolar disorder, while fried foods or processed grains were associated with depression.

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“Perhaps the time has come for us to take a closer look at the role of diet in mental health because it could be that healthy diet choices contribute to mental health,” said lead author Jim E Banta, Associate Professor at Loma Linda University, California.

“More research is needed before we can answer definitively, but the evidence seems to be pointing in that direction,” Banta added.

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The findings provide “additional evidence that public policy and clinical practice should more explicitly aim to improve diet quality among those struggling with mental health”.

It also pointed out that “dietary interventions for people with mental illness should especially target young adults, those with less than 12 years of education, and obese individuals.”

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For the study, the team of researchers reviewed data from over 2,40,000 telephone surveys conducted between 2005 and 2015.

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The Covid effect: India sees highest cancellation of wedding receptions

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With 23 per cent of couples going ahead only with the wedding ceremonies amid COVID-19, marriage reception cancellations in India are higher compared to other countries, according to a survey of to-be-weds in 15 countries.

However, wedding ceremony cancellations in India will remain low with 76 per cent of couples going ahead with the chosen dates, the report by wedding technology company The Knot Worldwide revealed on Monday.

But most couples will reduce the size of their guest lists (68 per cent) and hire fewer vendors (60 per cent) to ensure that COVID-19 norms are followed.

Abiding by local rules and regulations, a vast majority of to-be-weds (80 per cent) will encourage social distancing — between people and tables, said the survey.

About 90 per cent of the couples in India will be inviting only immediate family and close friends.

A quarter would want their guests to take a COVID-19 test ahead of the event as a precautionary measure, the results showed.

“We are glad to see that couples in India are staying positive and are keen to celebrate their special day, despite the pandemic, by making necessary arrangements and precautions,” Ankur Sarawagi, India Country Head, The Knot Worldwide, said in a statement.

At the ceremony, 75 per cent of Indian couples will conduct temperature checks for attendees, said the survey.

Guests will be provided with hand sanitisers, face masks, and members of the staff and vendors such as photographers and makeup artists will be required to wear masks or PPE kits.

The traditional concept of an Indian wedding, one that spans through days, has also changed with 27 per cent of the couples opting for several small events on one day with limited people rather than several large one-day events.

Only 40 per cent of couples in India anticipate that their budget will be 25 per cent or more lesser than what they had originally planned, according to the “Global COVID-19 Weddings Report.”

The findings are based on data among 9,767 couples who originally had weddings planned between October 2020 and February 2021.

The survey was fielded in September 2020 to users who have provided their email address to the company.

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