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What you eat reflects on your mood as well

A diet rich in ‘good’ fats, like olive oil, whole grains, vegetables and quality meat can tackle your mood as well as your waistline, a new book has claimed. It is well known that a diet high in fat, sugar and processed food is bad for our waistlines, but authors of The Happiness Diet say it is also making us depressed.

 They believe that what we eat can affect mood as much as it does weight. Drew Ramsey, a clinical psychiatrist at Columbia University, and health writer Tyler Graham say that eating the right food is “the foundation of good mental health.” They point out that rates of both obesity and depression have doubled in the last decade, and blame the rise on the Standard American Diet, or the SAD Diet.

A weight-loss plan that simply cuts fat and calories is a recipe for failure, they say, and without natural mood-boosters such as magnesium, vitamin B12 and conjugated linoleic acid, we are less likely to feel happy and therefore successful.

Instead, a diet rich in ‘good’ fats, can benefit both out minds and our waistlines because, by feeling more satisfied, one will lose weight effortlessly.

Emotions are not ‘biologically’ same for everyone
A researcher has now defied the popular notion that certain emotions are biologically basic, saying that expressions are not inborn emotional signals that are automatically expressed on the face.

The commonly-held belief is that certain facial muscle movements (called expressions) evolved to express certain mental states and prepare the body to react in stereotyped ways to certain situations. For example, widening the eyes when you’re scared might help you take in more information about the scene, while also signalling to the people around you that something dangerous is happening.

“What I decided to do in this paper is remind readers of the evidence that runs contrary to the view that certain emotions are biologically basic, so that people scowl only when they’re angry or pout only when they’re sad,” says Lisa Feldman Barrett of Northeastern University, the author of the new paper.

“There’s a lot of evidence that there is no signature for fear or anger or sadness that you could detect in another person,”she added.

Pregnancy weight gain raises the risk of having a fat baby
Excessive weight gain during pregnancy seems to increase birthweight and the offspring’s risk of obesity later in life, a new study has suggested.

The study revealed that both pre-pregnant weight (body mass index, BMI) and weight gain in pregnancy are important predictors of babies’ birthweight. This is important since high birthweight may also predict adult overweight. Researchers estimated the association between maternal pre-pregnant BMI and weight change in pregnancy and offspring birth weight.

The study found that birth weight of the newborn child increased with increasing maternal pre-pregnant BMI.

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