Aug 8, 2012 | Dr. Barry Groves
Although many studies have been conducted about the association between a vegetarian diet and physical health, very little work has been done on the associations between a vegetarian diet and mental health.
And as more people are persuaded that a vegetarian diet is a healthy diet, it is essential that they are made aware of the possible adverse effects of such a diet.
In 2008, a study was published which showed that adopting a vegetarian lifestyle could lead to a significant amount of brain shrinkage, and that the more extreme the diet (vegan) caused the most extreme brain loss. I reported this at Vegetarians have smaller brains
Now, a 2012 study links vegetarianism with other mental conditions. The mental conditions studied include:
- Unipolar Depressive Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Somatoform Disorders and Syndromes
- Eating Disorders