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Trajectories of sitting time in young and mid-age women and associations with depression, physical function and health care costs


Changes in the way we live our lives means that people are sitting for longer than previously, however little is known about how women’s sitting time changes (or remains stable) over time. Prolonged sitting is an emerging public health issue: strong evidence links this behaviour to poorer health, e.g. cardiovascular disease, and also to a higher risk of premature mortality. While studies have shown that time spent watching television (a common activity involving prolonged sitting) is linked to depression and poorer physical function, there is less evidence on the impacts of sitting time across the day on these health outcomes.