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Study Finds Playing Outside Reduces Obesity, Depression 

Children and adults who have access to nature and regularly go outside are less likely to be inactive, obese and depressed, according to a recent report. A team of 11 researchers with the Institute for European Environmental Policy reviewed more than 200 academic studies and discovered that "access to nature is vital for good mental and physical health at all ages," the report says.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears
There are far fewer opportunities to eat when a child is outside, especially those foods (sugar and fat) that can cause inflammation in the brain. This will disrupt the energy-balance system leading to obesity and inhibit neurotransmitter signaling that leads to depression.

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