Boys’ sense of fitness makes them psychologically better

February 4th, 2009 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 4 (IANS) Physical fitness evokes a sense of psychological well-being, particularly among boys rather than girls, with much lower anxiety and depression levels or the risk of suffering from eating disorders.A doctoral thesis presented at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) has probed the link between adolescent perception of physical qualities and their psychological well-being and unwellness.

Arantzazu Rodríguez Fernández based her study on 1,959 young people aged between 12 and 23 years from the Basque Country, out of which 48 were patients diagnosed with some form of eating behaviour disorders. She currently works as a research worker at the university.

The study analysed the link between physical and psychological well being as a function of age, gender and physical activity. Male adolescents, especially between the ages of 12 and 14, scored higher on these counts than their female peers, said a Basque release.

Regarding disorders stemming from looks, the greatest risk of developing an anxiety disorder is after the age of 15; for a depressive disorder the risk stage is between 12 and 17 and for anorexia or bulimia nervosa the risk period is between 18 and 23.

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