Child’s Play Lessens Risk of Depression
The more children run and play, the less likely they are to develop depression. Swedish researchers reached that conclusion after following a large group of 6-year-olds. Using activity trackers, they assessed the kids’ exercise habits over seven days. They also evaluated them for symptoms of depression. The researchers twice followed up with the children, at ages 8 and 10. Of the 795 kids who participated, those who exercised the most had the fewest signs of depression at age 10. Moderate to vigorous exercise appeared particularly beneficial. Play and sports help bolster self-esteem and confidence, both of which may protect against depression.
Source: Pediatrics, February 2017