Low fruit and vegetable intake with increased fat causes disarray in anxiety levels, says experts

The Canadian study of aging reported that adults consuming fewer vegetables and fruits are analyzed with anxiety issues. Karen Davison, an health science expert, nutrition informatics lab director at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, (KPU) and also a fellow of North American Primary Care Research Group, voiced, “For those who consumed less than 3 sources of fruits and vegetables daily, there was at least at 24% higher odds of anxiety disorder diagnosis.”

Jose Mora-Almanza, a Mitacs Globalink Intern mentioned, “This may also partly explain the findings associated with body composition measures. As levels of total body fat increased beyond 36%, the likelihood of anxiety disorder was increased by more than 70%.”

Davison further added,” Increased body fat may be linked to greater inflammation. Emerging research suggests that some anxiety disorders can be linked to inflammation.”

Anxiety is dependent on various factors:

  • Hereditary
  • Lifestyle
  • Stress – In the office, home, day to day events
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac Issues
  • Psychological health issues
  • Gender
  • Marital Status
  • Financial Status

As per the reports, women are more prone to anxiety issues. Karen Kobayashi, Professor in Department of Sociology, also a Research Affiliate at the Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health at the University of Victoria said, “Our findings are in keeping with previous research which has also indicated that women are more vulnerable to anxiety disorders than men.”

The percentage of anxiety levels (13.9%) is much higher than the people who were married (7.8%). Also, the financial status of the person that is those having household incomes under $20,000 per year has anxiety.

Hongmei Tong, Assistant Professor of Social Work at MacEwan University in Edmonton, said, “We were not surprised to find that those in poverty had such a high prevalence of anxiety disorders; struggling to afford basics such as food and housing causes relentless stress and is inherently anxiety-inducing.”

Individuals, if compared based on health conditions more than three conditions to those with no persistent condition, have percentages of 16.4% to 3% of anxiety levels. It is surprising to note that immigrants in Canada are less affected by anxiety levels than locals.

Shen (Lamson) Lin, a doctoral student at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) commented, “Chronic pain and multiple health conditions make life very unpredictable and can be anxiety-producing. One never knows whether health problems will interfere with work or family responsibilities and many activities become more challenging and time-consuming.”

To sum up, the research reports worked out on self-reporting on medical analysis. The estimation of anxiety suffering candidates is 10% of the global population. The behavior, social factors, and eating habits together define anxiety problems. Karen Davison summed up by saying, “Our findings suggest that comprehensive approaches that target health behaviors, including diet, as well as social factors, such as economic status, may help to minimize the burden of anxiety disorders among middle-aged and older adults, including immigrants.”

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