Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Here's How Prolonged Sitting Can lead to Depression Among Teenagers

Here’s How Prolonged Sitting Can lead to Depression Among Teenagers

Prolonged sitting is linked to depression risk in adolescents

Here’s a health advice. Young people who spend too much time sitting still are at an increased risk of depression, researchers have warned.

The study, published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, found that an additional 60 minutes of light activity (such as walking or doing chores) daily at age 12 was associated with a 10 per cent reduction in depressive symptoms at age 18.

“Our findings show that young people who are inactive for large proportions of the day throughout adolescence face a greater risk of depression by age 18,” said study lead author Aaron Kandola from University College London in the UK. “We found that any degree of physical activity that can reduce the time we spend sitting down is likely to be beneficial,” Kandola added.

For the findings, the research team used data from 4,257 adolescents, who have been participating in longitudinal research from birth as part of the University of Bristol’s Children of the 90s cohort study.

Depression
Youngsters who are inactive for large proportions of the day throughout adolescence face a greater risk of depression by age 18. Pixabay

The children wore accelerometers to track their movement for at least 10 hours over at least three days, at ages 12, 14 and 16. The accelerometers reported whether the child was engaging in light activity (which could include walking or hobbies such as playing an instrument or painting), engaging in moderate-to-physical activity (such as running or cycling), or if they were sedentary.

Depressive symptoms, such as low mood, loss of pleasure and poor concentration, were measured with a clinical questionnaire. The questionnaire measures depressive symptoms and their severity on a spectrum, rather than providing a clinical diagnosis.

Between the ages of 12 and 16, total physical activity declined across the cohort, which was mainly due to a decrease in light activity and an increase in sedentary behaviour.

The researchers found that every additional 60 minutes of sedentary behaviour per day at age 12, 14 and 16 was associated with an increase in depression score of 11.1 per cent, eight per cent or 10.5 per cent, respectively, by age 18.

Those with consistently high amounts of time spent sedentary at all three ages had 28.2 per cent higher depression scores by age 18, the study said.

Also Read- Men Are More Interested in Buying Fashion Items Than Women: Survey

Every additional hour of light physical activity per day at age 12, 14 and 16 was associated with depression scores at age 18 that were 9.6 per cent, 7.8 per cent and 11.1 per cent lower, respectively.

“Light activity could be particularly useful because it doesn’t require much effort and it’s easy to fit into the daily routines of most young people,” said study senior author Joseph Hayes. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,781FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Consuming Cocoa Can Increase Mental Agility

Researchers have revealed that increased consumption of flavanols - a group of molecules that occur naturally in fruit and vegetables - can increase your...

Witnessing India’s First-Ever OTT Awards

Fans across the globe now have a chance to engage with OTT entertainment content and stars digitally; they can and also vote for their...

Tips For Taking Care of Your Hands During Winter

Here's some trivia for you, did you know that viruses cannot replicate unless they enter a living cell. Without a host cell, they are...

Guide To Style Sneakers As Per The Occasion

With the harsh summer sun retreating and making way for the lovely fall breeze, it is time to update your fall wardrobe. Autumn is...

Why Should You Organize A Trivia Night Out With A Trivia Board Game?

Everyone loves game nights, and when it's a trivia night out, you and your loved ones will have more knowledge about at least one...

The Sporting Greats

By Samantha Many millennials grew up watching football, and to be honest, the game has evolved since it started centuries ago. But when we turn...

Here’s Why Antibiotics Increase Risks of Heart Attacks

Researchers have explained why commonly used antibiotics like clarithromycin can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks, opening up the possibility of precision...

The Unstoppable Growth Of TikTok And Amateur Content Creation

By Mitchel Russo The amount of time we spend in front of our phones is growing, indeed that growth has skyrocketed during the recent COVID-19...

Recent Comments