A new Canadian study highlights the link between poor diet and higher rates of anxiety. The study, which involved a Canadian longitudinal aging study, showed that people who ate fewer than three different fruits and vegetables a day were more likely to develop anxiety disorders. The study suggests that inflammation may play a role in anxiety experiences, and the study points out that a number of other factors may also increase anxiety.
The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Toronto. They found that people who ate less than three fruits and vegetables a day were 24 percent more likely to develop anxiety disorders. According to the researchers, when the total body fat level exceeds 36 percent, that number is increased to 70 percent.
The new study suggests that inflammation may be a common link between anxiety rates, fruit and vegetable intake and weight. Obesity is known to increase inflammation, while eating fruits and vegetables is associated with lower levels of inflammation. However, these are not the only factors that may increase the risk of developing anxiety disorders.
The study also found that being single may increase anxiety levels in some people compared to those with a partner, and that people living in poverty are more likely to experience the condition. Similarly, the study found that people with at least three different health conditions were much more likely to develop anxiety than those without chronic health problems.
Surprisingly, the study found that immigrants to Canada have less anxiety than other Canadians, possibly because of self-choice among immigrants. The researchers, who recently published their paper in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, said the study involved data from nearly 27,000 men and women.