Sedentary Behavior and Public Health: Integrating the Evidence and Identifying Potential Solutions

Neville Owen, Genevieve N Healy, Paddy C Dempsey, Jo Salmon, Anna Timperio, Bronwyn K Clark, Ana D Goode, Harriet Koorts, Nicola D Ridgers, Nyssa T Hadgraft, Gavin Lambert, Elizabeth G Eakin, Bronwyn A Kingwell, David W Dunstan, JE Fielding (ed.)

Annual Review of Public Health | ANNUAL REVIEWS | Published : 2020


In developed and developing countries, social, economic, and environmental transitions have led to physical inactivity and large amounts of time spent sitting. Research is now unraveling the adverse public health consequences of too much sitting. We describe improvements in device-based measurement that are providing new insights into sedentary behavior and health. We consider the implications of research linking evidence from epidemiology and behavioral science with mechanistic insights into the underlying biology of sitting time. Such evidence has led to new sedentary behavior guidelines and initiatives. We highlight ways that this emerging knowledge base can inform public health strategy:..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to express our thanks to the many colleagues and support staff of our home institutions, the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC), Queensland Health, and the Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Program, for ongoing support of our program of sedentary behavior research. This work has been done through the support of research fellows and PhD students, project grants, program grants, and particularly through an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (1057608; Sitting Time and Chronic Disease Prevention-Measurement, Mechanisms and Interventions). We are extremely grateful for the resourcefulness, creativity, and hard work of our broader network of collaborators and the research fellows, PhD students, and staff who have worked with us in our programs, whom we have been able to acknowledge at least in part through citations of their published papers.