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Title: Sedentary behavior among Spanish children and adolescents: findings from the ANIBES study
Authors: Mielgo-Ayuso, Juan
Aparicio-Ugarriza, Raquel
Castillo, Adrian
Ruiz, Emma
Avila, Jose M.
Aranceta-Bartrina, Javier
Gil, Angel
Ortega, Rosa M.
Serra Majem, Luis 
Varela-Moreiras, Gregorio
González-Gross, Marcela
UNESCO Clasification: 3206 Ciencias de la nutrición
Keywords: Sedentary lifestyle
Physical activity
Youth
Child
ANIBES Study
Issue Date: 2017
Journal: BMC Public Health 
Abstract: Background: An increase of sedentary behaviors far from the Mediterranean lifestyle is happening in spite of the impact on health. The aims of this study were to describe sedentary behaviors in children and adolescents. Methods: A representative sample of 424 Spanish children and adolescents (38% females) involved in the ANIBES study was analyzed regarding their sedentary behaviors, together with the availability of televisions, computers, and consoles by means of the HELENA sedentary behavior questionnaire. Results: For the total sample of children, 49.3% during weekdays and 84% during weekends did not meet the recommendation of less than 2 hours of screen viewing per day. The use of TV was higher during weekdays (p < 0.05) and there were significant differences between adolescents and children (16.9 vs. 25.1%, p < 0.05). The use of computer, console games and of internet for non-study reasons was higher during weekends (p < 0.001). Adolescents played more computer games and used more internet for non-study reasons than children during both weekdays and weekends (p < 0.05 and p < 0.001, respectively). The use of internet for academic reasons was lower in children (p < 0.001) than adolescents during weekends; however, no significant differences were found between sexes. In addition, more than 30% of the children and adolescents had at least one electronic device in their bedrooms. Conclusions: Spanish children and adolescents are not meeting the recommendations regarding the maximum of screen viewing (<2 h/day), especially during the weekend, for all of sedentary behaviors. Urgent strategies and intervention studies are needed to reduce sedentary behavior in young people.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/41598
ISSN: 1471-2458
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4026-0
Source: BMC Public Health [ISSN 1471-2458], v. 17 (1), p. 1-9, article number 94
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