Why is physical fitness linked with long-term risks of mental disorders in children and adolescents?

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  • Regular exercise reduces anxiety and helps in stress management.
  • Regular exercise improves concentration and enhances cognitive function.
  • Sedentary behavior, obesity increases the risk of future mental health issues.
  • Physical fitness fosters healthy brain development and reduces the risk of ADHD.
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      According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, fitness among children and adolescents might protect them against depressive symptoms. This study found that better performance in cardiovascular activities, strength and muscular endurance are associated with protection against severe mental health conditions. The research says that ‘dose dependant’ suggests that a more fit child might be less likely to experience the onset of a mental health disorder. These findings come amid a surge of mental health diagnoses among children and adolescents, in the United States and abroad, that have prompted efforts to understand and curb the problem. Physical and mental health were already assumed to be linked, they added, but previous research had relied largely on questionnaires and self-reports, whereas the new study drew from independent assessments and objective standards.  Some policymakers say that the heavy use of social media affects the mental health of children by disrupting sleep, exercise and in-person activity which are considered important for healthy development. 

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      Study Shows Physical Fitness Shields Kids from Mental Health Issues

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