Could Physical Activity Protect Children From Depression?
[Source: Medical News Today]
The ability of exercise to protect against depression in adults and young people is well studied. However, whether it has such an effect in children is unknown. Now, a new study from Norway suggests that children who undertake moderate to vigorous activity – the type that leaves them breathless and sweaty – are less likely to develop symptoms of depression.
The study found that children who were more physically active at 6 and 8 years old were less likely to have symptoms of depression 2 years later.
The researchers – from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and NTNU Social Research, both in Trondheim, Norway – report their findings in the journal Pediatrics.
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