Physical activity may not reduce depression among teens

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New York: There is no association between physical activity (PA) and the development of depressive symptoms later on in adolescence, a study has found.

Physical activity has been cited as a way to reduce the risk of depression but the evidence is not clear-cut.

“Our findings do not eliminate the possibility that PA positively affects depressed mood in the general population; rather, we suggest that this effect may be small or non-existent during the period of adolescence,” said the researchers.

“Although PA has numerous benefits to physical health in later life, such positive effects may not be expected on depressive outcomes during adolescence,” they added.

The study appeared in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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