Journal article

Associations between depression subtypes, depression severity and diet quality: cross-sectional findings from the BiDirect Study

Corinna Rahe, Bernhard T Baune, Michael Unrath, Volker Arolt, Juergen Wellmann, Heike Wersching, Klaus Berger

BMC Psychiatry | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2015


BACKGROUND: Depression is supposed to be associated with an unhealthy lifestyle including poor diet. The objective of this study was to investigate differences in diet quality between patients with a clinical diagnosis of depression and population-based controls. Additionally, we aimed to examine effects of specific depression characteristics on diet by analyzing if diet quality varies between patients with distinct depression subtypes, and if depression severity is associated with diet quality. METHODS: The study included 1660 participants from the BiDirect Study (n = 840 patients with depression, n = 820 population-based controls). The psychiatric assessment was based on clinical interview..

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Awarded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Funding Acknowledgements

The BiDirect Study was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (research grant 01ER0816). The present study was also supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Open Access Publication Fund of the University of Munster. The authors would like to thank all participants as well as the study staff for their strong effort and commitment.