Is sedentary behaviour unhealthy and if so does reducing it improve this?

Shao Hua Chin, Chanaka Kahathuduwa, Martin Binks

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Purpose To provide a qualitative synthesis of the available literature on the role of sedentary behavior in health. Aims We sought to determine if (i) being sedentary ‘causes’ health problems and (ii) interventions to reduce sedentary behavior improve health status. Methods: PubMed and Google Scholar databases were utilized. Manuscripts published from 2001 to 2015 using specific keyword combinations (eg sedentary behavior, physical activity, sitting, intervention) were included and qualitatively reviewed. Results Data is suggestive of an association of sedentary behavior and negative health indicators. The association between sedentary behavior and mortality is stronger. There is some limited evidence suggesting short-term health benefit to reducing sedentary behavior. Discussion Evidence linking sedentary behavior to negative health outcomes is incomplete and often largely associational in nature thus not allowing for causal inference. In addition, interventional literature frequ
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e12925
JournalInt J Clin Pract / Wiley Inc.
StatePublished - Feb 2017


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