Change in UK diets 'could trigger mental health crisis'
By Maxine Frith and Sophie Goodchild
27 June 2004
Source: The Indipendent
Changes in British diets are going to lead to an explosion in mental health problems, medical experts said yesterday. They warned of a crisis even bigger than the epidemic of obesity afflicting the UK.
They said that most of the increase could probably be blamed on changes in farming and food over the past 20 years, which have led to deficiencies in essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Experts will present new evidence at an international conference into the study of the impact of fatty acids in Brighton this week.
The role of omega-3 has previously been underplayed by scientists, but evidence is emerging that it could have a big affect on mental well-being.