Non-occupational sitting and mental well-being in employed adults
journal contributionposted on 03.11.2015 by Andrew J. Atkin, Emma Adams, Fiona C. Bull, Stuart Biddle
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Background: Emerging evidence suggests that sedentary behaviour may be adversely associated with physical health, but few studies have examined the association with mental well-being. Purpose: This study examined the association of four nonoccupational sedentary behaviours, individually and in total, with mental well-being in employed adults. Methods: Baseline data from the evaluation of Well@Work, a national workplace health promotion project conducted in the UK, were used. Participants self-reported sitting time whilst watching television, using a computer, socialising and travelling by motorised transport. Mental well-being was assessed by the 12-item version of the general health questionnaire. Analyses were conducted using multiple linear regression. Results: In models adjusted for multiple confounders, TV viewing, computer use and total non-occupational sitting time were adversely associated with general health questionnaire-12 assessed mental well-being in women. Computer use only was found to be adversely associated with mental well-being in men. Conclusion: Sedentary behaviour may be adversely associated with mental well-being in employed adults. The association may be moderated by gender. © The Society of Behavioral Medicine 2011
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