TV viewing, but not total sedentary behaviour, is associated with adverse cardiometabolic biomarkers in adolescents
- 1School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK
- 2The NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
- 3Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicestershire, UK
- Correspondence to Stuart J H Biddle
School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Ashby Road, LE11 3TU, Loughborough, UK;
Implications for practice and research
■ Cardiometabolic biomarkers are associated with higher TV viewing and indicate a reduction in TV viewing for adolescents may be warranted.
■ TV viewing may not be a good marker of overall sedentary behaviour.
■ TV viewing may be part of wider cluster of ‘unhealthy’ behaviours.
■ In future, researchers should assess more than TV viewing when looking at sedentary behaviour.
Sedentary behaviour comprises a range of sitting (and lying down) behaviours characterised by very low-energy expenditure. There has been a major increase in research interest in sedentary behaviour over the past few years and a growing concern among health and education professionals, as well as parents, …