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Associations of moderate to vigorous physical activity and sedentary behavior with depressive and anxiety symptoms in self-isolating people during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional survey in Brazil

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Felipe B. Schuch, Rugero A. Bulzing, Jacob Meyer, Davy Vancampfort, Joseph Firth, Brendon Stubbs, Igor Grabovac, Peter Willeit, Vagner Deuel O. Tavares, Vitor C. Calegaro, Jeroen Deenik, Guillermo F. López-Sánchez, Nicola Veronese, Cristina M. Caperchione, Kabir P. Sadarangani, Mohammad Abufaraj, Mark A. Tully, Lee Smith

Original languageEnglish
Article number113339
JournalPsychiatry Research
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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This is a cross-sectional study evaluating the associations of self-reported moderate to vigorous physical activity, and sedentary behavior with depressive, anxiety, and co-occurring depressive and anxiety symptoms (D&A) in self-isolating Brazilians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Depressive and anxiety symptoms were collected using the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories (BDI and BAI). Among the 937 participants (females=72.3%), those performing ≥30 min/day of moderate to vigorous or ≥15 min/day of vigorous physical activity had lower odds of prevalent depressive, anxiety, and co-occurring D&A symptoms. Those spending ≥10 h/day sedentary were more likely to have depressive symptoms.

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