Kids who don't lead active lives and prefer sedentary screen-time instead could be more prone to depression. That's what one study in Australia has revealed. The evidence supports ongoing research into changing lifestyles of youngsters, from young children to adolescents, and the impact this has on their health. It is a warning bell for many parents who care not just about the physical health of their young ones but their mental health as well.
The link between physical activity, screen time and depressive symptoms is one that many parents are eager to understand. With kids slumping down in front of the television, or in front of computers and handheld gadgets, the pace at which technology is advancing into leisure time can be frightening for any parent. Hauling a stubborn teen away from chatting to friends online to doing active things with them in the flesh is no mean feat. Aside from obesity issues in kids is inactivity also affecting their minds too?