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Occupational Indicators and Work and Leisure-Time Sitting

´╗┐Occupational Indicators and Work and Leisure-Time Sitting


In conclusion, this study adds some important findings. Firstly, total and leisure-time sitting were high irrespective of occupational indicators, and behaviour change interventions are needed to reduce sitting time and prevent chronic disease. Secondly, white-collar and low physically demanding jobs were significantly associated with high occupational sitting time, and need targeting by workplace initiatives to reduce sitting time. Thirdly, no evidence for 'compensation' effects was found; where lower sitting at work is compensated with higher sitting in leisure. Fourth, working full-time is associated with higher total sitting; although working long hours is associated with lower leisure-time sitting. While causal relations can not be inferred from this cross-sectional study, the outcomes suggest it may be beneficial to limit total working hours and avoid working over-time as a way to reduce total sitting. Further, it is recommended to couple this with efforts to increase light intensity physical activity during leisure-time to generate a positive balance with sitting time. Future research should consider the use of experimental and time-series designs to assess whether changes in the different domains of sitting time can be brought about using workplace interventions.

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