Depression and hunger weigh heavy on SA’s poor


Depression and hunger weigh heavy on SA’s poor

International study finds depression in poor communities can be linked to anxiety about food scarcity

Senior reporter

Inadequacy, shame and defeat are some of the feelings starving SA households are likely to endure.

An international study that included researchers from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has delved into how food security is affecting the mental health of poor households, particularly in “hotspots”, among them KZN and Eastern Cape.

The study, understood to be the first of its kind to link long-term depression with food insecurity, has been published in the Nature Scientific Reports journal...

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