Exercise and Teen Depression


Story Updated: Aug 11, 2014

Young teens who are physically fit seem to face a lower risk for future depression new research suggests.

The finding was presented at a meeting of the American Psychological Association and is based on an analysis that involved more than 400 6th and 7th graders enrolled at 6 middle schools. All the students completed a depression and fitness survey and a fitness test based on short speed-based runs. More than 1/4 of the girls displayed symptoms of depression- in both the 6th and 7th grades.

Depression was less common among boys seen among just over 1/5th of the 6th graders and among less than 1/5th of the 7th graders. Ultimately, the study authors determined that students who were more fit were less likely to feel depressed one year after being polled and tested.. The protective benefit of fitness was particularly strong among girls. That said the team also noted that the biggest predictor of future depression was whether or not they had been depressed to begin with.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.

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