Sitting time and health outcomes among Mexican origin adults

obesity as a mediator.

Hendrik de Heer, Anna V. Wilkinson, Larkin L. Strong, Melissa L. Bondy, Laura M. Koehly

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Sitting time and sedentary behaviors have been associated with adverse health outcomes including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) within non- Hispanic White populations. Similar associations have not been described within Hispanic populations despite their high CVD risk profile. This study aimed to assess the association between sitting time and obesity, self-reported diagnosed diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol among a large cohort (N=11,268) of Mexican origin adults and to assess whether obesity mediated these associations. Using a cross-sectional design, data collected between 2004 and 2010 were analyzed in late 2010. Regression analyses evaluated associations between self-reported daily sitting hours and disease outcomes, controlling for demographics, employment status, family disease history, and light, moderate and strenuous physical activity. Participants were mostly female (81.1%) Mexican origin adults. Sitting time was associated with increased odds of being obese, having diabetes and having hypertension, but not high cholesterol. Adjusted odds ratios of participants who reported sitting > 4 hours/day compared to those sitting 1-2 hours/day were for obesity OR=1.55 (95% CI 1.39, 1.73), p<.001, for diabetes OR=1.29 (95% CI, 1.09, 1.52), p=.003, for hypertension OR=1.17 (95% CI, 1.01, 1.37), p=.041. Associations controlled for physical activity and employment status. Effects on hypertension and diabetes were mediated by obesity. Sitting time was significantly associated with detrimental health outcomes, independent of physical activity. Obesity mediated these relationships for diabetes and hypertension. Future research should assess whether interventions addressing sitting time are feasible and effective among Mexican origin populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)896
Number of pages1
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume12
StatePublished - 2012

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Hypertension
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Hispanic Americans
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cholesterol
Population
Odds Ratio
Regression Analysis
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de Heer, H., Wilkinson, A. V., Strong, L. L., Bondy, M. L., & Koehly, L. M. (2012). Sitting time and health outcomes among Mexican origin adults: obesity as a mediator. BMC Public Health, 12, 896.

Sitting time and health outcomes among Mexican origin adults : obesity as a mediator. / de Heer, Hendrik; Wilkinson, Anna V.; Strong, Larkin L.; Bondy, Melissa L.; Koehly, Laura M.

In: BMC Public Health, Vol. 12, 2012, p. 896.

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de Heer, H, Wilkinson, AV, Strong, LL, Bondy, ML & Koehly, LM 2012, 'Sitting time and health outcomes among Mexican origin adults: obesity as a mediator.', BMC Public Health, vol. 12, pp. 896.
de Heer, Hendrik ; Wilkinson, Anna V. ; Strong, Larkin L. ; Bondy, Melissa L. ; Koehly, Laura M. / Sitting time and health outcomes among Mexican origin adults : obesity as a mediator. In: BMC Public Health. 2012 ; Vol. 12. pp. 896.
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