Air Pollution Can Be Affecting The Mental Health Of Your Kid, Study Says

Air pollution is a curse in today’s times. We must ask ourselves if the depleting levels of air quality in India, and increased risk of health conditions because of the same worth the rapid urbanization and industrialization?

Air pollution is the result of the emission of harmful substances to the atmosphere. It consists of many harmful pollutants, including:

sulfur dioxide (SO2),

nitrogen oxides (NOx),

ozone (O3),

particulate matter (small suspended particles of varying sizes),

carbon monoxide (CO)

and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Air Pollution Severity in India

Accept it or not, we are in the middle of a major pollution crisis right now. As per a report by WHO, 14 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India. What’s more depressing is that these stats are of a survey conducted in 2016. The pollution levels must be more grave during current times.

This pretty much implies that the pollution-related mortality rate and health conditions arising due to the same are worst in India.

According to a report by the World Health Organisation,

“There were about 60,987 deaths of children under five years of age in India, that was caused due to exposure to PM2.5 in 2016. Of them, 32,889 were girls and 28,097 were boys.

India has the highest number of deaths in the age bracket of fewer than five years old. In the age bracket of five to 14, India saw the deaths of 4,360 children in 2016. More than 2 million premature deaths are estimated to occur due to air pollution. This accounts for 25% of global deaths.”

Delhi, particularly, is in the grave danger because of the poor air quality.

psychological effects of pollution

How Air Pollution Affects the Mental Health of Children?

A study, published in the journal Psychiatry Research, conducted on a group of children in London who had been living in areas with severe air pollution levels, displayed some disturbing findings.

As per the study, children who dwelled in areas with a higher than acceptable level of air pollution are significantly more likely to have developed major depression by the age of 18.

The study which was conducted in 284 children, those who lived in the top 25% most polluted areas at age 12 were found to be three to four times more likely to have depression at 18, compared with those living in the 25% least polluted areas.

The study also suggests a connection between toxic air and antisocial behavior, but more work is needed to substantiate this.

Air pollution also causes a ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, it revealed.

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