Correlates of sedentary behaviour in adults: a systematic review

Obes Rev. 2017 Aug;18(8):915-935. doi: 10.1111/obr.12529. Epub 2017 May 19.

Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study was to systematically review evidence to identify intrapersonal, social environmental, physical environmental and policy correlates of sedentary behaviour (SB) among adults.

Methods: Six databases were searched to identify studies that reported on intrapersonal, social, physical environmental and/or policy correlates of SB across domains (i.e. occupational, leisure and transportation) in adults (mean ≥ 18 years old). Subgroup differences (sex, age, disease status, publication status and date, weekdays vs. weekend) were examined. Risk of bias was assessed, and a qualitative synthesis completed.

Prospero: CRD42014009814 RESULTS: Searching identified 22,779 articles; 257 were used in the analysis. Most studies used self-reported SB and were cross-sectional. The most studied domain of SB and correlate was leisure and intrapersonal, respectively. Consistent evidence found positive relationships between full-time employment and higher transportation and lower leisure SB; higher income/socioeconomic status and greater transportation and occupation SB; living in more urban areas and greater sitting time and total SB; ownership of televisions and greater leisure SB; and, active workstations and lower occupational SB.

Conclusions: The review identifies the need for longitudinal studies, as well as further research on factors in the physical, social and policy environments. The review also recognizes the need to standardize methodology for collecting, defining and reporting SB and correlates.

Keywords: correlates; sedentary behaviour; sitting; systematic review.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities*
  • Sedentary Behavior*
  • Social Class
  • Social Environment*

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