Sedentary Behavior and Obesity in a Large Cohort of Children

J A Mitchell, Calum Mattocks, A R Ness, S D Leary, R R Pate, M Dowda, S N Blair, Christopher Riddoch

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The purpose of this study was to examine the association between sedentary behavior and obesity among 12-year-old children, while adjusting for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and other potential confounding variables. Cross-sectional analyses were carried out with data from 5,434 children who participated in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Fat mass was derived using dual-energy X-ray emission absorptiometry, and height and weight measurements were used to calculate BMI (kg/m(2)). The children wore an accelerometer for 7 days. The cut points for sedentary behavior and MVPA were
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1596-1602
Number of pages7
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


  • life-style
  • heart
  • physical-activity
  • adolescents
  • school-children
  • youth
  • time spent
  • metabolic risk
  • united-states
  • cardiovascular-disease


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