Children who get more exercise may have fewer symptoms of depression than their peers who are less active, a recent study suggests.
Researchers used activity trackers to see how much physical activity children got, then interviewed kids and their parents to assess whether kids had symptoms of depression.
When kids got more moderate to vigorous physical activity at ages 6 and 8, they were less likely to have symptoms of major depressive disorder two years later, the study found.
"Our results indicate that increasing physical activity in children may prevent depression," said study leader Dr. Tonje Zahl, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.
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