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Sedentary behaviour: Where do we stand?


Charlotte Edwardson and Thomas Yates ©2018
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Sitting is ubiquitous in today’s society and high levels of sitting have emerged as a risk factor for morbidity and mortality. As such, the topic of sedentary behavior (i.e., sitting) has received much interest and is a rapidly growing field of research. This webinar by Dr Charlotte Edwardson and Dr Thomas Yates will provide an overview and update of the epidemiological, experimental and intervention research on the topic of sedentary behavior.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate the associations between sedentary behavior and health and identify moderating factors
  • Describe the types of interventions used to reduce sitting time and the populations targeted
  • Identify areas of future research

Presenter overview

Dr Charlotte Edwardson is an Associate Professor in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health in the Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester, UK. Her research focuses on understanding the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases, particularly type 2 diabetes. This encompasses experimental, epidemiological and behaviour change intervention studies. She currently holds research grants (totalling £6 million) from the Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Department of Health and the European Commission.

Dr Thomas Yates is a Reader in Sedentary Behaviour, Physical Activity and Health in the Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester, UK. He is also part of the lifestyle theme of the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre. He leads a diverse portfolio of research focused on understanding how lifestyle can be used to prevent and manage chronic disease.