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Cross-sectional associations between domain-specific sitting time and other lifestyle health behaviours: the Stormont study

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posted on 09.08.2021, 10:14 authored by Victoria Kettle, Mark Hamer, Fehmidah MunirFehmidah Munir, Jonathan Houdmont, Kelly Wilson, Robert Kerr, Ken Addley, Lauren SherarLauren Sherar, Stacy ClemesStacy Clemes
Abstract Background There is a dearth of literature on how different domains of sitting time relate to other health behaviours. Therefore, this study aimed to explore these associations in a sample of office workers.
Methods 7170 Northern Irish Civil Servants completed an online survey which included information on workday and non-workday sitting time in five domains (travel, work, TV, computer-use, leisure-time), physical activity, fruit and vegetable intake, alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking. An unhealthy behaviour score was calculated by summing the number of health behaviours which did not meet the current guidelines. Multinomial regressions examined associations between unhealthy behaviour score and each domain of sitting time.
Results ≥7 hours sitting at work and ≥2 hours TV viewing on a workday both more than doubled the odds of partaking in ≥3 unhealthy behaviours [Odds ratio, OR = 2.03, 95% CI, (1.59–2.61); OR = 2.19 (1.71–2.80)] and ≥3 hours of TV viewing on a non-workday nearly tripled the odds [OR = 2.96 (2.32–3.77)].
Conclusions High sitting time at work and TV viewing on a workday and non-workday are associated with increased odds of partaking in multiple unhealthy behaviours. Interventions need to focus on these domains and public health policy should consider sitting time as an important health behaviour.

Funding

Doughty Fund of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Public Health

Volume

44

Issue

1

Pages

51 - 59

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by OUP under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

05/07/2021

Publication date

2021-08-03

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1741-3842

eISSN

1741-3850

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Stacy Clemes. Deposit date: 6 August 2021