Letters Exercise and depression

Media reports fuelled by authors’ claims

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4495 (Published 03 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4495
  1. Sarah Davies, sport and exercise medicine trainee (London Deanery)1,
  2. Jo Larkin, sport and exercise medicine trainee (London Deanery)1,
  3. Mike Loosemore, consultant in sport and exercise medicine1,
  4. Hugh Montgomery, director, UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance1
  1. 1University College London Hospitals, London NW1 2BU, UK
  1. jo.larkin{at}doctors.org.uk

We were dismayed at media coverage of Chalder and colleagues’ paper1: the BBC was not alone in reporting: “Exercise no help for depression.” But do the published data support such a view?

Encouraging “any increase in physical activity, whatever the intensity” was unlikely to be effective, given evidence based recommendations on exercise intensity,2 3 programme structure, and supervision.4 Power …

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