Associations between sitting time and weight in young adult Australian women

De Cocker, Katrien A., van Uffelen, Jannique G. Z. and Brown, Wendy J. (2010) Associations between sitting time and weight in young adult Australian women. Preventive Medicine, 51 5: 361-367. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.07.009

Author De Cocker, Katrien A.
van Uffelen, Jannique G. Z.
Brown, Wendy J.
Title Associations between sitting time and weight in young adult Australian women
Journal name Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-7435
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.07.009
Volume 51
Issue 5
Start page 361
End page 367
Total pages 7
Editor Alfredo Morabia
Place of publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: Sedentary behaviour may be a contributor to weight gain in today's young adult women, who are gaining weight faster than women in their mothers' generation. The aim was to examine the relationships between sitting time and weight in young women.

Method: Data were from women born in 1973–1978 who completed surveys in 2000, 2003 and 2006 for the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Associations between concurrent changes in sitting-time and weight, and prospective associations between these variables, were examined using ANOVA and linear regressions, stratified by BMI-category in 2000 (n = 5562).

Results: Among overweight and obese women, percentage weight change from 2000 to 2006 was higher in those whose sitting time increased (> 20%) than in those whose sitting time decreased (> 20%) over the same period (p < 0.05). Conversely, percentage change in sitting time was significantly higher in those who gained weight (> 5%) than in those who lost weight (> 5%) (p < 0.05). There were no prospective associations between (change in) sitting time and weight change, or between (change in) weight and change in sitting time.

Conclusion: The results confirm associations between concurrent changes in weight and changes in sitting time in overweight and obese women, but no prospective relationships were found.
© 2010 Published by Elsevier Inc.
Keyword Cohort study
Weight change
Sedentary behaviour
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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