Depression affects 121 million people around the world and a significant number of these people are in the United States. New research published in BMC Medicine reports the prevalence in 18 countries around the world and found affluent countries tend to have higher rates of depression, with an average of 14.6% of their populations likely to get depression over their lifetime. The United States, with the proportion at 19% of the population likely to get depression, ranks second overall, after France at 21%.
This study was done in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) World Mental Health (WMH) Survey Initiative. Furthermore, the World Health Organization predicts depression will be one of the largest health problems worldwide by 2020, so now is the time for countries, organizations and the people to take action.
This is all taken from a press release for the NAMI California 2011 conference. And I’m thrilled that it resulted in a call from NPR for an interview by Jeffrey Callison on Insight – to talk about my new book as well as my upcoming talk at the conference.
Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2011 between 10 and 11am PST
Topic: Depression and Food
Host: Jeffrey Callison
On the dial: 90.9 FM KXJZ Sacramento; 90.5 FM KKTO Tahoe City/Reno; 91.3 FM KUOP Stockton/Modesto; 88.1 FM KQNC Quincy
And continuing with the press release….
An editorial by Dr. Marlene Freeman, MD, in the American Journal of Psychiatry offered a very powerful comment on 2009 and 2010 food-mood studies. “It is both compelling and daunting to consider that dietary intervention at an individual or population level could reduce rates of psychiatric disorders. There are exciting implications for clinical care, public health, and research.”
Trudy Scott, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings, and President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals comments: “While I agree that dietary intervention is compelling, I don’t feel it is daunting. We simply need to teach people how to eat real food again. And the great thing is that these changes, in addition to reducing depression and anxiety, will also reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, arthritis and many other health conditions.”
Scott, who is a Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, will be one of many excellent plenary speakers at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) California’s 2011 Annual conference. NAMI California works to provide help, hope and healing for those affected by serious mental illness and the conference theme is “Creating Change through Vision and Action”. Scott’s topic will be Food and Mood: The science behind the effects of food on mental health and she is endorsed by Dr. Lawrence E. Cormier, MD, as a “leader in the field of food and mental health”. Scott will also provide practical how-to information in a hands-on nutrition workshop later in the day. The conference is in Sacramento, California on August 19 & 20. For details and to register: www.namicalifornia.org
The Antianxiety Food Solution is now available in major books stores, at Amazon and via www.antianxietyfoodsolution.com.
You can find the official press release document here https://www.everywomanover29.com/media.html