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Patterns of Sedentary Time in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Youth


Bejarano, Carolina M.; Gallo, Linda C.; Castañeda, Sheila F.; Garcia, Melawhy L.; Sotres-Alvarez, Daniela T.; Perreira, Krista M.; Isasi, Carmen R.; Daviglus, Martha L.; Van Horn, Linda V.; & Delamater, Alan M., et al. (2021). Patterns of Sedentary Time in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 18(1), 61-69.


BACKGROUND: Total sedentary time and prolonged sedentary patterns can negatively impact health. This study investigated rates of various sedentary pattern variables in Hispanic/Latino youth.
METHODS: Participants were 956 youths (50.9% female) in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Youth, a population-based cohort study of Hispanic/Latino 8- to 16-year-olds from 4 geographic regions in the United States (2012-2014). Total sedentary time and 10 sedentary pattern variables were measured through 1 week of accelerometer wear. Differences were examined by sociodemographic characteristics, geographic location, weekdays versus weekends, and season.
RESULTS: On average, youth were sedentary during 67.3% of their accelerometer wear time, spent 24.2% engaged in 10- to 29-minute sedentary bouts, and 7.2% in ≥60-minute bouts. 8- to 12-year-olds had more favorable sedentary patterns (less time in extended bouts and more breaks) than 13- to 16-year-olds across all sedentary variables. Sedentary patterns also differed by Hispanic/Latino background, with few differences across sex, household income, season, and place of birth, and none between weekdays versus weekends.
CONCLUSIONS: Variables representing prolonged sedentary time were high among Hispanic/Latino youth. Adolescents in this group appear to be at especially high risk for unhealthy sedentary patterns. Population-based efforts are needed to prevent youth from engaging in increasingly prolonged sedentary patterns.


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Journal Article

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Year Published


Journal Title

Journal of Physical Activity and Health


Bejarano, Carolina M.
Gallo, Linda C.
Castañeda, Sheila F.
Garcia, Melawhy L.
Sotres-Alvarez, Daniela T.
Perreira, Krista M.
Isasi, Carmen R.
Daviglus, Martha L.
Van Horn, Linda V.
Delamater, Alan M.
Savin, Kimberly L.
Cai, Jianwen
Carlson, Jordan A.

Data Set/Study

Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)


United States of America