Assessment of Sedentary Behavior with the International Physical Activity Questionnaire

Dori E. Rosenberg, Fiona C. Bull, Alison L. Marshall, James F. Sallis, Adrian E. Bauman
2008 Journal of Physical Activity and Health  
Purpose: This study explored definitions of sedentary behavior and examined the relationship between sitting time and physical inactivity using the sitting items from the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). Methods: Participants (N = 289, 44.6% male, mean age = 35.93) from 3 countries completed self-administered long-and short-IPAQ sitting items. Participants wore accelerometers; were classified as inactive (no leisure-time activity), insufficiently active, or meeting
more » ... ations; and were classified into tertiles of sitting behavior. Results: Reliability of sitting time was acceptable for men and women. Correlations between total sitting and accelerometer counts/min <100 were significant for both long (r = .33) and short (r = .34) forms. There was no agreement between tertiles of sitting and the inactivity category (kappa = .02, P = .68). Conclusion: Sedentary behavior should be explicitly measured in population surveillance and research instead of being defined by lack of physical activity.
doi:10.1123/jpah.5.s1.s30 pmid:18364524 fatcat:lys5ol6ftva6veyls2xs4npafi