The British Journal of Psychiatry has revealed the results of a study looking at the link between depression and the UK diet. Surely it’s hardly surprising that they seemed to find a correlation between processed foods and dipping moods? (To be fair, they couldn’t disprove the idea that people were eating junk food because they were depressed rather than the other way around.)
While junk food has undeniable charms, most people approaching adulthood quickly figure out that it has its downsides. From sluggish feelings to sugar crashes, a diet of junk food is hardly dependable and is likely to have disastrous effects in the long term.
This is also directly applicable to the practice of reading only junk. While a few trashy novels and magazines can be just the reward the reader needs after a period of stress or intensive study, it should not be recommended as a rounded literary diet. As when it comes to physical sustenance, variety is the key.
Incorporate components from the five major book groups – literary fiction, non-fiction, memoir, historical works and trashy novels – into your yearly literary diet and protect yourself from the depression that can be generated by a steady diet of fluffy and undemanding junk reads. Your literary health is in your hands!