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Food deserts and its impact on mental health

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: Areas with limited access to healthy, reasonably priced,

    nutritious food are often referred to as food deserts. These areas are

    often concentrated in lower socioeconomic neighbourhoods where

    mental health disorders are most prevalent as well. Unhealthy food

    choices are increasingly identified as a risk factor that promote mental

    illness and impede its management. Mentally ill can be adversely

    affected by this differential access to healthy food due to their lower

    income, inability to travel, physical and psychological limitations for

    food shopping. The objective of this study is to assess the potential

    impact of food deserts on mental illness.

    Methods: Published literature was reviewed in order to assess the

    burden of food deserts on mental illness using databases like Scopus

    and Medline.

    Results: Inequity in food access has been reported to contribute to

    disparity in eating habits and health outcomes. While food deserts

    have been studied extensively in the context of obesity and diabetes,

    its impact on mental illness still remains unexplored. One challenge in

    this direction would be to delineate the impact due to food access from

    other socioeconomic determinants affecting mental health.

    Conclusions: Further research is needed to understand the impact

    of food desert on mental illness.

UOW Authors


  •   Walsan, Ramya (external author)
  •   Pai, Nagesh
  •   Rajan, Biju (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Walsan, R., Pai, N. & Rajan, B. (2016). Food deserts and its impact on mental health. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry, 32 (4), 435-435. New Dehli, India XXXII World Congress of the World Association Of Social Psychiatry (WASP) 2016

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ihmri/974

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 435

End Page


  • 435

Volume


  • 32

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.indjsp.org/

Abstract


  • Background: Areas with limited access to healthy, reasonably priced,

    nutritious food are often referred to as food deserts. These areas are

    often concentrated in lower socioeconomic neighbourhoods where

    mental health disorders are most prevalent as well. Unhealthy food

    choices are increasingly identified as a risk factor that promote mental

    illness and impede its management. Mentally ill can be adversely

    affected by this differential access to healthy food due to their lower

    income, inability to travel, physical and psychological limitations for

    food shopping. The objective of this study is to assess the potential

    impact of food deserts on mental illness.

    Methods: Published literature was reviewed in order to assess the

    burden of food deserts on mental illness using databases like Scopus

    and Medline.

    Results: Inequity in food access has been reported to contribute to

    disparity in eating habits and health outcomes. While food deserts

    have been studied extensively in the context of obesity and diabetes,

    its impact on mental illness still remains unexplored. One challenge in

    this direction would be to delineate the impact due to food access from

    other socioeconomic determinants affecting mental health.

    Conclusions: Further research is needed to understand the impact

    of food desert on mental illness.

UOW Authors


  •   Walsan, Ramya (external author)
  •   Pai, Nagesh
  •   Rajan, Biju (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Walsan, R., Pai, N. & Rajan, B. (2016). Food deserts and its impact on mental health. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry, 32 (4), 435-435. New Dehli, India XXXII World Congress of the World Association Of Social Psychiatry (WASP) 2016

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ihmri/974

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 435

End Page


  • 435

Volume


  • 32

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.indjsp.org/