Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Cheering Chow

Harvard Magazine Food and Depression Study:

"Each year, about 19 million adult Americans report the onset of depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That's 9.5 percent of our adult population.

In Japan and Korea, the figure is drastically lower - around 2 percent. Pondering this disparity, scientists noticed that the least depressed populations, mostly in Asia and Scandinavia, are also those with diets rich in oily fish like salmon and tuna.

At the other end of the depression spectrum are countries whose citizens consume the smallest amounts of such fish - places like New Zealand and France, for example, where the incidence of depression is 11 and 16 percent, respectively. Even after factoring in reporting differences caused by societal attitudes about mental health, the discrepancy seems too wide to be mere coincidence."