The Reading / Listening - Food & Mental Health - Level 5

Scientists have researched the effects our diet has on our mental health. They say what we eat affects and changes our brain up until the age of 30. This explains why older adults are more emotionally stable than under-30s. The research team was led by a professor of health and wellness studies. She said that people knew of the link between our diet and diabetes, heart disease and obesity, but we don't know so much about the influence our diet has on mental health. The researchers suggested that mental well-being led to healthy eating, healthy practices, and exercising.



The research was carried out anonymously via an Internet survey. It was sent to different professional and social networks. The study found that adults under 30 who ate fast food more than three times a week had higher levels of distress, anxiety and depression. For adults over 30, the study found that eating less carbohydrates and more fruit reduced these conditions. The researchers pointed to research showing how a Mediterranean diet was as good for our brain as for our body. They said: "It has all the components that are important for the healthy structure of the brain."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Food & Mental Health - Level 4 or  Food & Mental Health - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1028415X.2017.1411875
  • https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/dec/18/can-food-change-your-mood-mental-wellbeing
  • http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=33817


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the effects our diet has
  2. what we eat affects and
  3. up until the
  4. adults are more emotionally
  5. a professor of health and
  6. diabetes, heart disease and
  7. the influence our diet
  8. mental well-being led
  1. age of 30
  2. to healthy eating
  3. stable than under-30s
  4. obesity
  5. has on mental health
  6. on our mental health
  7. wellness studies
  8. changes our brain

Paragraph 2

  1. The research was carried
  2. social
  3. adults under 30 who
  4. higher levels
  5. anxiety
  6. less carbohydrates
  7. as good for our brain
  8. It has all the components that
  1. as for our body
  2. and depression
  3. are important
  4. ate fast food
  5. of distress
  6. out anonymously
  7. networks
  8. and more fruit

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have researched the effects (1) ___________________ on our mental health. They say (2) ___________________ affects and changes our brain up until (3) ___________________ 30. This explains why older adults are more emotionally stable than under-30s. The research team was led by a professor of health and wellness studies. She said that people knew (4) ___________________ between our diet and diabetes, heart disease and obesity, but we don't know so much about (5) ___________________ diet has on mental health. The researchers suggested that mental well-being led (6) ___________________, healthy practices, and exercising.

The research (7) ___________________ anonymously via an Internet survey. It was sent to different professional and social networks. The study found (8) ___________________ 30 who ate fast food more than three times a week had (9) ___________________ distress, anxiety and depression. For adults over 30, the study found that eating less carbohydrates and more fruit reduced these conditions. The researchers (10) ___________________ showing how a Mediterranean diet was as good for (11) ___________________ for our body. They said: "It has all the components that are important for the healthy (12) ___________________ brain."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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Theysaywhatweeataffectsandchangesourbrainupuntiltheageof30.T
hisexplainswhyolderadultsaremoreemotionallystablethanunder-3
0s.Theresearchteamwasledbyaprofessorofhealthandwellnessstudie
s.Shesaidthatpeopleknewofthelinkbetweenourdietanddiabetes,hea
rtdiseaseandobesity,butwedon'tknowsomuchabouttheinfluenceour
diethasonmentalhealth.Theresearcherssuggestedthatmentalwell-b
eingledtohealthyeating,healthypractices,andexercising.Theresearc
hwascarriedoutanonymouslyviaanInternetsurvey.Itwassenttodiffer
entprofessionalandsocialnetworks.Thestudyfoundthatadultsunder3
0whoatefastfoodmorethanthreetimesaweekhadhigherlevelsofdistr
ess,anxietyanddepression.Foradultsover30,thestudyfoundthateati
nglesscarbohydratesandmorefruitreducedtheseconditions.Therese
archerspointedtoresearchshowinghowaMediterraneandietwasasgo
odforourbrainasforourbody.Theysaid:"Ithasallthecomponentsthata
reimportantforthehealthystructureofthebrain."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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