Prolonged sitting in cars: Prevalence, socio-demographic variations, and trends

Sugiyama, Takemi, Merom, Dafna, van der Ploeg, Hidde P., Corpuz, Grace, Bauman, Adrian and Owen, Neville (2012) Prolonged sitting in cars: Prevalence, socio-demographic variations, and trends. Preventive Medicine, 55 4: 315-318. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.07.026

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Author Sugiyama, Takemi
Merom, Dafna
van der Ploeg, Hidde P.
Corpuz, Grace
Bauman, Adrian
Owen, Neville
Title Prolonged sitting in cars: Prevalence, socio-demographic variations, and trends
Journal name Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-7435
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.07.026
Open Access Status
Volume 55
Issue 4
Start page 315
End page 318
Total pages 4
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Prolonged sitting is detrimentally associated with health outcomes. However, the prevalence and characteristics of those who sit in cars for long periods are not well understood. This study examined the population prevalence, socio-demographic variations, and trends for prolonged sitting in cars among adults. Methods: Using the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area Household Travel Survey, the prevalence of prolonged sitting time in cars (≥ 2. h/day) was calculated for four 3-year periods (1997-99, 2000-02, 2003-05, and 2006-08) for each population subgroup. Trends were calculated as the mean change in prevalence between adjacent survey periods.
Results: Cars were used for 66% of the total trips recorded (n = 336,505). The prevalence of prolonged sitting time in cars was 16-18% in men, and 10-12% in women. Relatively higher prevalence rates were found among middle-age groups (men: 20-22%, women: 12-15%), full-time workers (men: 21-24%, women: 14-15%), those with higher income (men: 21-25%, women: 14-16%), couples with children (men: 20-21%, women: 12-14%), and those living in outer suburbs (men: 20-23%, women: 12-13%). Trends were stable in men, but increasing in women. Several subgroups (older age; living in regional suburbs) also showed increasing trends. Conclusions: These findings provide evidence to inform integrated approaches to measurement and policy development on prolonged car use among the public health, urban planning, and transport sectors.
Keyword Sedentary behavior
Travel survey
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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