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Complex systems and mental health

Complex systems and mental health

It’s widely known that how we fuel and move our bodies can influence our physical health, and of great interest to the Food & Mood Centre, it can also influence our mental health. We also now know that the factors influencing what we eat and how we engage in physical activity are incredibly varied and complex. An individual who maintains a healthy diet and who is highly active, for example, may experience great difficulties if moved to an environmental setting that does not promote and support such health behaviors. That particular environment is itself influenced by political, cultural and wider societal factors, which means that in order to study health; we need to look beyond behav...