According to research compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, the rate of antidepressant use has skyrocketed nearly 400% in the United States since the late 1980s when the first SSRIs went on the market. While the precise reasons for the increase in depression are unclear, there is evidence to suggest poor diets and lack of aerobic exercise may play a pivotal role. “We know obesity is a risk factor for depression,” says Dr. Charles Raison, CNN Health’s mental health expert and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. He also points to studies that suggest eating processed food and social isolation can lead to depression.
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