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TV viewing, but not total sedentary behaviour, is associated with adverse cardiometabolic biomarkers in adolescents
  1. Stuart J H Biddle1,2,
  2. James King1,2,
  3. Thomas Yates2,3
  1. 1School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK
  2. 2The NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
  3. 3Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicestershire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Stuart J H Biddle
    School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Ashby Road, LE11 3TU, Loughborough, UK; S.J.H.Biddle{at}

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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, that excessive ‘screen …

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