INTRODUCTIONSedentary lifestyle is an emerging health concern that has received a great deal of attention in relation to a variety of health outcomes, including adult obesity risk. However, studies that relate sedentary behavior (SB) to adult obesity risk have sparked controversy and failed to provide clinically meaningful evidence (Proper, Singh, Van Mechelen, & Chinapaw, ; Thorp, Owen, Neuhaus, & Dunstan, ). Some researchers speculate that one reason for the inconsistent results might be the reliance on subjective measurements of SB (Thorp et al., ). Conversely, studies utilizing objectively measured SB in relation to obesity measured by body mass index (BMI) or waist circumference (WC) have also yielded inconsistent results (Healy, Matthew, Dunstan, Winkler, & Owen, ; Maher, Mire, Harrington, Staiano, & Katzmarzyk, ).It is possible that inaccuracies inherent in surrogate measurements of obesity are at the root of inconsistent study results with respect to SB and obesity (Romero‐Corral et al., ). BMI and WC have been widely used to measure obesity in large observational studies because of their simplicity and practicality. They have, however, been criticized as inaccurate measurements of obesity (Romero‐Corral et al., ). Thus, the use of potentially inaccurate obesity indices could contribute to the inconsistent results
American Journal of Human Biology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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