The chairperson of an Icelandic health organisation contends that a lack of Daylight Saving Time in Iceland contributes to depression in Icelanders.
Vísir reports that Guðmundur Löve, the managing director of The Icelandic Association of Tuberculosis and Chest Patients (SÍBS), had some frank comments about a new OECD report which shows that Icelanders use more depression medication per capita than any other country.
“We are the fattest people, we don’t exercise enough, and we have a completely stupid system of time measurement that screws us up in the winter,” he said.
Iceland, unlike other countries in Europe, does not observe Daylight Saving Time. This, Guðmundur contends, leads to shorter daylight hours and contributes to depression.
“In many ways, it’s a self-created problem,” he said. “We can ourselves have an effect and reduce the likelihood of getting this disease.”