The Association between Healthy Diet and Burnout Symptoms among Finnish Municipal Employees

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Penttinen , M A , Virtanen , J , Laaksonen , M , Erkkola , M , Vepsäläinen , H , Kautiainen , H & Korhonen , P 2021 , ' The Association between Healthy Diet and Burnout Symptoms among Finnish Municipal Employees ' , Nutrients , vol. 13 , no. 7 , 2393 . https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13072393

Title: The Association between Healthy Diet and Burnout Symptoms among Finnish Municipal Employees
Author: Penttinen, Markus A.; Virtanen, Jenni; Laaksonen, Marika; Erkkola, Maijaliisa; Vepsäläinen, Henna; Kautiainen, Hannu; Korhonen, Päivi
Contributor organization: Teachers' Academy
Maijaliisa Erkkola / Principal Investigator
Department of Food and Nutrition
University of Helsinki
Clinicum
Family nutrition and wellbeing
Date: 2021-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Nutrients
ISSN: 2072-6643
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13072393
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334314
Abstract: Background: Burnout is an undesirable mental condition, which may have a negative impact on individuals' health and work ability. This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between diet and burnout symptoms among female public sector employees. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015 among 630 female employees from 10 municipal work units of the city of Pori, Finland. Burnout symptoms were assessed with the Bergen Burnout Indicator (BBI). The consumption of food items was determined using the food frequency questionnaire (FFQ). The main food groups were categorized into healthy and unhealthy foods based on the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations for a healthy and balanced diet. Results: In multivariate linear regression analysis, consumption of healthy food items had an inverse relationship with the severity of burnout symptoms independently of age, education years, physical activity, and depressive symptoms. De-tailed analysis revealed that subjects with lower BBI score consumed more often low-fat dairy produce, vegetables, fruit and berries, vegetable food, and white meat. Conclusions: Frequent consumption of healthy food items is associated with low level of burnout symptoms. Our results emphasize the importance of diverse and balanced healthy diet to promote work well-being.
Subject: burnout
mental health
nutrition
PHYSICIAN BURNOUT
GUT MICROBIOTA
INTERVENTIONS
ANXIETY
DISEASE
3143 Nutrition
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