HYDERABAD: Eating junk food harms mental health, say nutritionists. Confirming that cases of mental disorders have increased, especially among teenagers and adults who have started their careers recently or who are extremely busy and cannot keep track of their meals and time, nutritionists and psychologists have said people have gotten used to ordering food from out of town. during the Covid-19 period.
Hormonal imbalance is one such rapidly increasing problem in teenagers and children between the ages of 10 and 15. According to experts, these children have gained weight up to 10 kilograms in a row over the past few years due to unhealthy eating habits. “Junk food is part of their diet. Nearly 80% of the meals consumed by young people are processed foods or junk food ordered online. They find it comfortable because food delivery apps are very fast. They started eating food in large portions and overeating just to finish the food and not waste it,” said nutritionist Sujata Stephen.
She added that studies have shown that junk food contains more sugar, salt, sugar and fat which, if consumed regularly, has a direct impact on the mental health of human beings. “Mental capacity declines, problem-solving ability diminishes, frequent mood swings are inevitable, and people slowly slide into depression. People also feel very lethargic in such cases,” she added.
The micronutrients needed to keep a person healthy are missing from junk food and only available in healthy home-cooked foods. Besides stress and depression, cardiovascular diseases are also expected to emerge. “Eating junk food gives a feeling of happiness and euphoria. But everyone should know that this ‘feel good’ does not last longer. To experience it again and again, people are addicted to junk food. Binge eating disorder is also on the rise,” said psychiatrist Dr Devashish Palkar. He added that children as young as 10 were extremely obese due to these eating disorders.