Behavioral risk factors for depression vary with age
New study examines risk factors according to 3 age groups.
- Risk factors for depression include smoking, obesity, limited physical activity, and an unhealthy diet.
- Smoking was most strongly associated with depression, and was more likely to affect younger groups.
- Lack of physical activity played a greater role for older subjects of the study.
- An unhealthy diet had a greater impact on depression for middle-aged and older groups.