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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(4), 1500-1507; doi:10.3390/ijerph7041500

Sitting Time and Body Mass Index, in a Portuguese Sample of Men: Results from the Azorean Physical Activity and Health Study (APAHS)

Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure, Faculty of Sports, University of Porto, Portugal
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Received: 2 February 2010 / Revised: 13 March 2010 / Accepted: 21 March 2010 / Published: 31 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Obesity and Public Health)
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The aim of this study was to verify the relation between body mass index (BMI) and sitting time in a sample of 4,091 Azorean men. BMI was calculated from self-reported weight and height. Total physical activity (PA) time and total sitting time were assessed with the IPAQ (short version). Linear Regression analysis showed that total sitting time (hours/day) was positively associated with BMI (B = 0.078; p < 0.001) after adjustments for age, meal frequency, alcohol and tobacco consumptions, island of residence, education level and total PA time. Although the cross sectional design precludes us from establishing causality, our findings emphasize the importance of reducing sedentary behavior to decrease the risk of obesity.
Keywords: sitting; body mass index; obesity; sedentary behavior sitting; body mass index; obesity; sedentary behavior
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Santos, R.; Soares-Miranda, L.; Vale, S.; Moreira, C.; Marques, A.I.; Mota, J. Sitting Time and Body Mass Index, in a Portuguese Sample of Men: Results from the Azorean Physical Activity and Health Study (APAHS). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 1500-1507.

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