People with depression can be at risk of becoming overweight or underweight1
Your symptoms of depression may improve with a healthier diet2
Experts recommend regular diets include plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and wholegrains, and lean proteins, including oily fish2,3
Healthy eating and good nutrition are important for your physical and mental health. However, some people don’t feel like eating when they’re depressed and are at risk of becoming underweight, whilst others find comfort in food and are at risk of becoming overweight.1
Research has shown that symptoms of depression can improve when people eat a healthier diet compared with their usual one. There is no specific diet to treat depression, but experts suggest that eating a regular, well-balanced diet could help people suffering from depression.3
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5. 5 ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press 2013.
Jacka FN, O’Neil A, Opie R, et al. A randomised controlled trial of dietary improvement for adults with major depression (the ‘SMILES’ trial). BMC Med. 2017;15(1):23.
British Dietetic Association. Food Fact Sheet: Depression and diet. Available from: https://www.bda.uk.com/uploads/assets/06d719a5-3579-4a6d-b59813358a6c81ad/Depression-food-fact-sheet.pdf. Accessed on: September 30, 2020.