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Association Between Active Travel and Depression: Some Clarifications Needed

01 May 2016

We have read with interest the article entitled “Associations between active commuting to school, body fat, and mental well-being: population-based, cross-sectional study in China” [1], which was recently published in this journal. To our knowledge, this is the first study reporting an association between the use of active travel modes such as walking and cycling and a lower risk of depressive symptoms among children and youth. These findings are in agreement with a large prospective study of active commuting among British adults [2] and with the broader literature on the relationship between physical activity and depression [3,4].

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Journal of Adolescent Health