Is television viewing time a marker of a broader pattern of sedentary behavior?

Sugiyama, Takemi, Healy, Genevieve N., Dunstan, David W., Salmon, Jo and Owen, Neville 2008, Is television viewing time a marker of a broader pattern of sedentary behavior?, Annals of behavioral medicine, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 245-250, doi: 10.1007/s12160-008-9017-z.

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Title Is television viewing time a marker of a broader pattern of sedentary behavior?
Author(s) Sugiyama, Takemi
Healy, Genevieve N.
Dunstan, David W.
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo
Owen, Neville
Journal name Annals of behavioral medicine
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Start page 245
End page 250
Total pages 6
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2008-04
ISSN 0883-6612
Keyword(s) TV viewing time
physical activity
gender differences
Summary Background: Television (TV) viewing time is associated with abnormal glucose metabolism, the metabolic syndrome, and risk of type 2 diabetes; associations are stronger and more consistent in women. One explanation of this difference may be that TV viewing is a marker of an overall pattern of sedentary behavior in women.

: We sought to examine associations of TV viewing time with other sedentary behaviors and with leisure-time physical activity in a large sample of Australian adults.

Methods: Adults aged between 20 and 65 years (n=2,046) completed a  self-administered questionnaire on TV viewing, five other leisure-time sedentary behaviors, and leisure-time physical activity. Mean adjusted time spent in other sedentary behaviors and in physical activity was compared across TV-time  categories previously shown to be associated with abnormal glucose  metabolism.

Results: After adjustment for body mass index and sociodemographic variables, women’s time spent watching TV was associated positively with time in other sedentary behaviors and negatively with leisure-time physical activity, but no such associations were observed in men.

Conclusions: TV viewing time may be a robust marker of a sedentary lifestyle in women but not in men. Gender differences in the pattern of sedentary behaviors may explain at least in part the gender differences in the previously reported associations of TV viewing time with biological attributes related to type 2   diabetes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s12160-008-9017-z
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, The Society of Behavioral Medicine
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