BBC News have posted on their site today that new research suggests exercise as treatment for clinical depression makes little to no improvement for patient’s recovery.
You can read more about the study here and their results. What do you think about this NHS-funded study and its results?
If the NHS now believe that exercise doesn’t have an impact on clinical depression, those with the condition will simply stop exercising because they won’t see the point. Then they will fall into a trap one of my family members has; he eats because he’s down, he doesn’t see the benefits of exercise therefore he doesn’t do any, he gets insecure because he’s gained weight and then eats because he’s down – a typical vicious cycle. When you’re depressed, things you know you need to do become difficult in day to day life, let alone things that have just been discredited by doctors.
Whether it helps long-term or not, exercise should be actively encouraged regardless because of its potential to release endorphins and boost self-esteem. We shouldn’t be spending money trying to give people more reasons not to get fit.
The obesity epidemic in Britain has gotten much worse in recent years and the government have been trying to encourage a more active lifestyle to save the NHS time and millions of pounds. So this new research seems completely counter-productive to me.
Do you agree/disagree? Does this research irritate you as much as it has done me?