The Possibility Of Depression Increases in Inactive Children
The Possibility Of Depression Increases in Inactive Children A study conducted by experts from the University College London – UCL concluded that children who spend most of their time sitting are more likely to get depressed when they turn 18.
In the study, the mobility level of 4,257 children between the ages of 12 and 16 was examined.
It was determined that those who do walking or moving for about an hour every day are less depressed when they go into adulthood.
The study concluded that being more mobile is beneficial for people of all ages and should be encouraged.
An instrument for measuring the activities of at least 10 hours a day for at least three days in a row at the age of 12, 14 and 16, was attached to the participants of the study.
These measurements were that the participants were sitting still or mild, like walking; determining which of the more energetic activities he did, such as running, cycling.
The children also filled out questionnaires that determined whether they experienced symptoms of depression, such as malaise during those times, not enjoying what they did, and not being able to focus their attention.
The study generally shows that between 12 and 16 years of age, physical mobility is reduced and more sedentary times are prolonged.
The researchers based on the group that participated in the study determined that the time spent sitting at these ages increased from an average of 7 hours to 8.5 hours a day, the time spent with light exercise decreased from 5.5 hours to 4 hours, whereas the time devoted to more energetic exercises did not change.
Also, according to the findings, every hour spent sitting by looking at children aged 12, 14, and 16 has a depression increasing 11.1 percent, 8 percent, and 10.7 percent, respectively.
Each hour of gentle exercise has 9.6 percent, 7.8 percent, and 11.1 percent depression-reducing effects in these age groups in the same order.
By the age of 18, it was revealed that 747 depression cases could be seen in the group.
‘People Should Sit Less’
“We found that not only hard exercises but also all kinds of physical activities that reduce the time we sit down are beneficial for our mental health. We must encourage people of all ages to sit less and move more. This is beneficial for both our physical and mental health. ”
Candola, however, points out that the time spent by young people is still increasing every year, and that there is little qualified research on the effects of this on mental health:
“There are data regarding the increasing number of young people who are depressed, and our study reveals that there may be a link between these two trends.”
Experts say that mild exercise can easily be added to the lives of young people and without the need for resources, and schools can play an important role in this.
Apart from the University of London, King’s College and the Maudsley National Health Fund also contributed to the research’s findings, published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry.