Associations between breaks in sedentary time and body size in Pacific mothers and their children: Findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study

Oliver, Melody, Schluter, Philip J., Healy, Genevieve N., Tautolo, El-Shadan, Schofield, Grant and Rush, Elaine (2013) Associations between breaks in sedentary time and body size in Pacific mothers and their children: Findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10 8: 1166-1174.

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Author Oliver, Melody
Schluter, Philip J.
Healy, Genevieve N.
Tautolo, El-Shadan
Schofield, Grant
Rush, Elaine
Title Associations between breaks in sedentary time and body size in Pacific mothers and their children: Findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study
Journal name Journal of Physical Activity and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-3080
1543-5476
Publication date 2013-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 10
Issue 8
Start page 1166
End page 1174
Total pages 9
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Breaks in sedentary behavior are associated with reduced body size in general populations. This study is the first to consider the relationship between objectively assessed sedentary breaks and body size in Pacific children and their mothers.

Methods: Pacific children aged 6 years (n = 393) and their mothers (n = 386) residing in New Zealand were invited to participate in 2006. Sedentary time was assessed via accelerometry. Average frequency, duration, and intensity of breaks in sedentary time per hour were calculated. Waist circumference was assessed and demographic factors collected via questionnaire. Relationships between waist circumference and potential associated factors for participants were assessed using linear regression analyses.

Results: Accelerometer data were obtained from 126 children (52 boys) and 108 mothers. Mean (standard deviation) waist circumference values for mothers and children were 114 cm (20.1 cm) and 59.4 cm (7.8 cm), respectively. For mothers, time spent sedentary and being an ex/nonsmoker were positively related to waist circumference. For children, watching television every day and having a mother with a high waist circumference was associated with a greater waist circumference.

Conclusion: Strategies that focus on reducing sedentary time in Pacific mothers and on encouraging television free days in young Pacific children are recommended.
Keyword Physical activity
Child health
Accelerometry
Obesity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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