Nutrition is “The study of nutrients and other biologically active compounds in foods and in the body,” ( Sizer et al., 2018 p.7) therefore to implement a healthy and nutritious diet one should be aware that high levels of saturated fat, refined carbohydrates and processed foods will likely decrease their well-being. There are several reasons necessitating a healthy diet- including improving your well-being, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, managing weight, for energy, or optimizing healthy ageing. Throughout research, it shows that they way we eat foods and the types of foods consumed will affect our physical and mental health. Therefore, unhealthy diets can have a profound impact on an individual’s mental health such as, poorer physical health, food insecure households, supportive nutrition programs, education and age. Tuthill (2019) defined food insecure households as “having inadequate quality, quantity, or ability to acquire nutritious food in socially acceptable ways” (p.241). Individuals who are faced with inadequate nutrition challenges trigger stress and may be resilience to seek supportive help. Certain research studies may try and use the “5A Framework” to deliver preventative care to individuals who are facing these challenges and are beginning to develop depressive symptoms related to their inadequate nutrition,
The purpose of this paper is to explore the role nutrition plays in affecting the well-being of adults.
Persistent food insecurity with adverse to Mental health
Author Emily L. Tuthill and co-authors, in her article “ Persistent Food Insecurity is Associated with Adverse Mental Health among Women Living with or at Risk of HIV in the United States” hypotheses that women who live in food insecure households have a higher rate of developing depressive symptoms. Results state that all food insecurity and lack of nutritional value increases the risk of mental health and depressive symptoms in women at the average age of 48 years. In addition to this connection there is a stronger correlation between food insecurity and depressive symptoms of these women who live with HIV.
Relationship Between Obesity and Participating In SNAP
Author Maria P. Chaparro and co-authors in their article, “ The relationship Between Obesity and Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Is Mental Health a Mediator?” claims that there is a correlation between mental health, obesity and participation in assistance programs; whether these programs will impact your mental health in a positive or negative way. The results from this study concluded that “Obesity prevalence among SNAP participants was almost doubled (30% vs. 17%) and the prevalence of having a mental health problem more than triple (20%-60%)” when comparing the participants ( eligible vs. ineligible). (Chaparro et al., 2014 p. 516) From these results, mental health was not an advocate between the correlation of SNAP participation and obesity because of flaws in the study,
In contrast both articles take into consideration that these programs can help to some extent and are set out to to reduce physical health concerns for the household but the internal stigma on these women will create stress and increased depression among participants because of the fear to seek help, unemployment and vulnerability. And there for “Living in a food insecure household is associated with perceived anxiety” (Maynard et al., 2017 p.344)
After reading both of these articles, I learned that the value of nutrition not only affects your physical health it also plays a major role on your mental health. It was interesting to see how
In this paper I discussed how nutrition plays a role in someone’s mental health when living in food insecure households. If individuals follow a healthy diet and aren’t afraid to seek help when it is needed their physical and mental health will thrive.