Too much sitting - a health hazard

Dunstan, David W., Howard, Bethany, Healy, Genevieve N. and Owen, Neville (2012) Too much sitting - a health hazard. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 97 3: 368-376. doi:10.1016/j.diabres.2012.05.020

Author Dunstan, David W.
Howard, Bethany
Healy, Genevieve N.
Owen, Neville
Title Too much sitting - a health hazard
Journal name Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0168-8227
Publication date 2012-09
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.diabres.2012.05.020
Open Access Status
Volume 97
Issue 3
Start page 368
End page 376
Total pages 9
Place of publication Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In contemporary society, prolonged sitting has been engineered into our lives across many settings, including transportation, the workplace, and the home. There is new evidence that too much sitting (also known as sedentary behavior - which involves very low energy expenditure, such as television viewing and desk-bound work) is adversely associated with health outcomes, including cardio-metabolic risk biomarkers, type 2 diabetes and premature mortality. Importantly, these detrimental associations remain even after accounting for time spent in leisure time physical activity. We describe recent evidence from epidemiological and experimental studies that makes a persuasive case that too much sitting should now be considered an important stand-alone component of the physical activity and health equation, particularly in relation to diabetes and cardiovascular risk. We highlight directions for further research and consider some of the practical implications of focusing on too much sitting as a modifiable health risk.
Keyword Sitting time
Breaks in sedentary time
TV viewing time
Sedentary behavior
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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