Publication: Data on Determinants Are Needed to Curb the Sedentary Epidemic in Europe – Lessons from DEDIPAC

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.

De Craemer, M.; Chastin, S.; Ahrens, W.; Bernaards, C.; Brug, J.; Buck, C.; Cardon, G.; Capranica, L.; Dargent-Molina, P.; De Lepeleere, S.; Hoffmann, B.; Kennedy, A.; Lakerveld, J.; Lien, N.; Ling, F.; Loyen, A.; MacDonncha, C.; Nazare, J.-A.; O’Donoghue, G.; O’Gorman, D.; Perchoux, C.; Pigeot, I.; Simon, C.; Mueller-Stierlin, A.S.; van der Ploeg, H.; Van Cauwenberg, J.; Oppert, J.-M. Data on Determinants Are Needed to Curb the Sedentary Epidemic in Europe. Lessons Learnt from the DEDIPAC European Knowledge Hub. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 201815, 1406.

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