Evid Based Nurs 15:116-117 doi:10.1136/ebnurs-2012-100698
  • Child health
  • Quantitive other

Youth physical activity and sedentary time and associations with cardiometabolic health

  1. Nicola D Ridgers
  1. Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Nicola D Ridgers
    Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 3125, Australia; nicky.ridgers{at}

Commentary on:

Implication for practice and research

  • Increasing youth engagement in physical activity may have beneficial effects on cardiometabolic health outcomes.

  • Further research is needed to examine associations between objectively measured sedentary time and cardiometabolic health outcomes, adjusting for physical activity.


In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the effects of sedentary behaviour on children's health, defined as sitting behaviours that require low levels of energy expenditure (≤1.5 METs).1 There is some evidence that sedentary behaviours may be detrimental to children's health, though the majority of associations observed are derived from cross-sectional studies examining television viewing and adiposity.2 This study adds to the literature by examining cross-sectional and prospective associations between objectively measured moderate- to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and …

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