STUDIES SHOW THAT PHYSICALLY ACTIVE KIDS ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE DEPRESSED.
Active kids may be happier kids. Physical exercise provides well-known benefits against obesity, heart disease and diabetes, but a new study by University College London confirms that kids who are regularly physically active suffer less from depression.
Exercising three times a week lowers depression risks
It’s estimated that 8% to 9% of kids and teens in United States suffer from depression. Girls are twice as likely to be depressed than boys during adolescence. If depression is not properly treated, it can lead to a series of bad decision making, social isolation, and risky behaviors like alcohol and drug abuse, joining gangs or suicide.
The new findings published in JAMA Psychiatry journal suggest increased physical activity reduces symptoms of depression. Also, the study showed that active kids and teens tend to be less depressed later in life.