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Food Insecurity Can Have An Impact On Brain Function; Here's What You Need To Know [VIDEO]

Update Date: May 01, 2017 06:40 AM EDT

Food insecurity is a major dilemma of every nation, worldwide - as the problem affects million of people. Recent studies show that this dilemma can have an impact on brain health.

Global Food Shortage

Food insecurity hits on approximately 700 million individuals, globally. Though it is a complicated phenomenon - including availability, affordability of food, and even the cultural standards that determine adequate means to get food.

This problem can also have consequences on people's mental health beyond its impact on nutrition. This is based on the latest research posted on American Journal Of Preventive Medicine. Science Daily reported.

How Does It Affect Mental Health?

The study stated that food insecurity can be a main factor of poor mental health in several ways. First, the problem on food can lead to depression because people do not have the capability to acquire food supplies for the future. This food related situation may also intensify socioeconomic differences within families and neighborhoods that could develop cultural responsiveness and impact on whole mental well-being.

The publication stated that this research on food insecurity was conducted by Dr. Andrew D. Jones, an expert from the Nutrional Science Department in the University Of Michigan, The data utilized on this research was derived from the 2014 Gallup Wold Poll.

Other Factors That Affect The Mental Health

The Yale School of Public Health reported that another factor that triggers poor mental health is air pollution. A recent research from the school of public health stated that Industrial growth in various developing nations is frequently followed by increased air contamination and this, in return, is adding risks of higher levels of depression.

The findings contributed to the expanding realm of happiness commerce, which quantifies the financial influence of own well-being and life achievement, which are frequently factored into policy-making arrangements globally. According to Professor Xi-Chen, the lead author of the research Air pollution has a big influence on the mental status.

It increases social inequality and plays an important role in every individual's well-being. The analysis contributes support to the Easterlin enigma, a theory in happiness economics, which suggests that satisfaction does not equate with financial growth.

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