Data on determinants are needed to curb the sedentary epidemic in Europe. Lessons learnt from the DEDIPAC European Knowledge Hub

Marieke De Craemer*, Sebastien Chastin, Wolfgang Ahrens, Claire Bernaards, Johannes Brug, Christoph Buck, Greet Cardon, Laura Capranica, Patricia Dargent-Molina, Sara De Lepeleere, Belinda Hoffmann, Aileen Kennedy, Jeroen Lakerveld, Nanna Lien, Fiona Ling, Anne Loyen, Ciaran MacDonncha, Julie-Anne Nazare, Grainne O'Donoghue, Donal O'GormanCamille Perchoux, Iris Pigeot, Chantal Simon, Annabel S. Mueller-Stierlin, Hidde van der Ploeg, Jelle Van Cauwenberg, Jean-Michel Oppert

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Abstract

Societal and technological changes have resulted in sitting being the dominant posture during most activities of daily living, such as learning, working, travelling and leisure time. Too much time spent in seated activities, referred to as sedentary behaviour, is a novel concern for public health as it is one of the key lifestyle causes of poor health. The European DEDIPAC (Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity) Knowledge Hub coordinated the work of 35 institutions across 12 European member states to investigate the determinants of sedentary behaviour. DEDIPAC reviewed current evidence, set a theoretical framework and harmonised the available epidemiological data. The main results are summarised. The conclusion is that there is a dire lack of data that is exploitable across Europe to inform policy and intervention. There is an urgent need to develop international data collection compliant with FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) and standardised surveillance systems for sedentary behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • determinants; sedentary behaviour; European cohort; statement

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