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Acta Paediatr. 2019 Feb 8. doi: 10.1111/apa.14749. [Epub ahead of print]

Promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour can minimise the risk of suicidal behaviours among adolescents.

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1
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
2
Active Healthy Kids Bangladesh (AHKBD).
3
School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
4
Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM), Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.

Abstract

Suicide is a leading cause of premature mortality and a major public health concern (1). It is more common in low- and middle-income countries like Bangladesh, where the rate is 39.6 per 100,000 population, compared to the estimated global average of 11.4 (2). Adolescents represent more than one-fifth of the Bangladeshi population (3), but there is limited information on how health behaviours like physical activity (PA) affect suicidal thoughts and behaviours in this vulnerable group. Identifying potentially modifiable risk behaviours is essential to reduce the country's adolescent suicide rate. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

PMID:
30735572
DOI:
10.1111/apa.14749

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