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Green childhood may improve mental health

Green childhood may improve mental health

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Feb 2019 8:22 AM GMT

LONDON: A new study now finds that children who grow up with greener surroundings have up to 55 per cent less risk of developing various mental disorders later in life. The study, by Aarhus University, Denmark, emphasises the need for designing green and healthy cities for the future. With a majority of world population living in cities, WHO estimates, more than 450 million of the global human population suffer from mental disorders.

Now, based on satellite data from 1985 to 2013, researchers from Aarhus University have mapped the presence of green space around the childhood homes of almost one million Danes and compared this data with the risk of developing one of 16 different mental disorders later in life.

The study, published in American Journal PNAS, shows that children surrounded by the high amounts of green space in childhood have up to a 55 per cent lower risk of developing a mental disorder - even after adjusting for other known risk factors such as socio-economic status, urbanisation, and the family history of mental disorders. Speaking about it, lead author of the study, Kristine Engemann from said, “Our data is unique. We have had the opportunity to use a massive amount of data from Danish registers of, among other things, residential location and disease diagnoses. (Agencies)

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