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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, vol. 97, no. 3, pp. 368-376, doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2012.05.020.

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Title Too much sitting – a health hazard
Author(s) Dunstan, David W.
Howard, Bethany
Healy, Genevieve N.
Owen, Neville
Journal name Diabetes research and clinical practice
Volume number 97
Issue number 3
Start page 368
End page 376
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Shannon, Ireland
Publication date 2012-09
ISSN 0168-8227
1872-8227
Keyword(s) sitting time
breaks in sedentary time
TV viewing time
sedentary behavior
mortality
Animals
Health
Humans
Models, Biological
Occupational Diseases
Posture
Public Health
Sedentary Lifestyle
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Endocrinology & Metabolism
TYPE-2 DIABETES-MELLITUS
TELEVISION VIEWING TIME
ALL-CAUSE MORTALITY
PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
SEDENTARY-TIME
CARDIOVASCULAR-DISEASE
LIFE-STYLE
ENERGY-EXPENDITURE
AUSTRALIAN ADULTS
METABOLIC RISK
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.diabres.2012.05.020
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920104 Diabetes
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086877

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