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Pioneering research underpins national policy on sedentary behaviour
- Childhood sedentary behaviour can have long-term effects on our health
Pioneering research by Loughborough experts into the effects of sedentary behaviour underpins national policy on health and exercise.
Although the effects of physical activity on our health have been extensively studied, little work has previously been undertaken into the impact of sedentary behaviour.
Defined as “sitting time”, sedentary behaviour has been implicated in markers of cardio-metabolic health and may be a key indicator of poor health.
What’s more, the research revealed connections between sedentary behaviour – particularly screen time and TV viewing – and unhealthy diet.
Most worryingly, the team’s research has also demonstrated that sedentary behaviour patterns formed in childhood track through adolescence to later life.
Drawing on the research findings and recommendations, the UK Chief Medical Officer’s report Start Active, Stay Active includes explicit statements on minimising time spent being sedentary each day.
The research has also formed the basis of a range of publications by various organisations including NHS Health Scotland, The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health and Weight Watchers.
Loughborough’s Professor Stuart Biddle was Chair of the Sedentary Behaviour and Obesity Expert Group (Department of Health’s Cross-Government Obesity Unit) from 2009-10
Start active, stay active
The Start Active, Stay Active report was published in July 2011 alongside a set of age specific guidelines for early years, children and young people, adults, and older adults
Move more, sit less
Weight Watchers publishes Move More, Sit Less and makes it available via Amazon in 2013
Building on the team’s expertise, novel sedentary technologies are now being developed at Loughborough