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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(10), 12697-12705; doi:10.3390/ijerph121012697

Are Total and Domain-Specific Sedentary Time Associated with Overweight in Older Taiwanese Adults?

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Department of Physical Education, National Taiwan Normal University, No. 162, Heping East Road Section 1, Taipei 10643, Taiwan
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Department of Health Promotion and Health Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 10643, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Tetsuji Yamada
Received: 8 July 2015 / Revised: 17 September 2015 / Accepted: 8 October 2015 / Published: 12 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Abstract

This study investigated the associations between total and domain-specific sedentary time with the risk of overweight in older adults. A cross-sectional study was conducted by administering computer-assisted telephone interviews to 1046 Taiwanese older adults (aged ≥65 years) residing in two regions in Taiwan in 2015. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to examine the associations between self-reported total and six domain-specific sedentary times and body mass index status (calculating by self-reported height and weight) by using logistic regression analyses. The results showed that compared with older women in the lowest quartile of the total sedentary time, those in the highest quartile were 1.87 (95% CI: 1.10–3.21) times more likely to be overweight, after adjustment for potential confounders. The total sedentary time was stratified into six specific domains, and only watching television more than 2 h per day was positively associated with overweight (OR, 1.55; 95% CI: 1.08–2.25) in older women, whereas no other sedentary time domains were associated with the risk of overweight. No significant associations were observed in older men. Further studies using prospective designs are required to confirm the presently observed effects of total and domain-specific sedentary behavior on the health of older adults. View Full-Text
Keywords: sedentary behavior; domain-specific sedentary time; sitting; TV viewing; overweight; obesity; older adults; Taiwan sedentary behavior; domain-specific sedentary time; sitting; TV viewing; overweight; obesity; older adults; Taiwan
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Hsueh, M.-C.; Liao, Y.; Chang, S.-H. Are Total and Domain-Specific Sedentary Time Associated with Overweight in Older Taiwanese Adults? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 12697-12705.

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