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Objective measurement required to disentangle health effects of sedentary behaviour versus physical activity on adults with intellectual disability
  1. Liselotte Schäfer Elinder1,
  2. Ewa Flygare Wallén2
  1. 1 Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Professor Liselotte Schäfer Elinder, Global Public Health, Karolinska Institute, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden; liselotte.schafer-elinder{at}

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Commentary on: Lynch L, McCarron M, Eustace-Cook J, Burke É, McCallion P. Physical health effects of sedentary behaviour on adults with an intellectual disability: A scoping review. J Intellect Disabil. 2022 Jun 12:17446295221107281. doi: 10.1177/17446295221107281. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Adults with intellectual disability (ID) have lower levels of physical activity and higher levels of sedentary behaviour than the general population, which is associated with a higher disease burden.

  • Future studies should measure sedentary behaviour and physical activity objectively and use international standards.

  • More intervention studies are needed to increase physical activity in adults with ID.


As a group, adults with intellectual disability (ID) experience high multimorbidity levels and excess premature mortality.1 A scoping review by Lynch et al 2 summarised 18 cross-sectional studies on the effects of sedentary behaviour and physical …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.