Obesity Surgery

, Volume 21, Issue 6, pp 811–814

Objective Assessment of Time Spent Being Sedentary in Bariatric Surgery Candidates

Authors

    • Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, The Miriam Hospital/Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center
  • Jessica L. Unick
    • Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, The Miriam Hospital/Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center
  • John M. Jakicic
    • Department of Health and Physical ActivityUniversity of Pittsburgh
  • Sivamainthan Vithiananthan
    • Department of SurgeryWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, The Miriam Hospital
  • Dieter Pohl
    • Department of SurgeryRoger Williams Hospital
  • G. Dean Roye
    • Department of SurgeryWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital
  • Beth A. Ryder
    • Department of SurgeryWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital
  • Harry C. Sax
    • Department of SurgeryWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, The Miriam Hospital
  • Jeannine Giovanni
    • Department of SurgeryRoger Williams Hospital
  • Rena R. Wing
    • Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, The Miriam Hospital/Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center
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DOI: 10.1007/s11695-010-0151-x

Cite this article as:
Bond, D.S., Unick, J.L., Jakicic, J.M. et al. OBES SURG (2011) 21: 811. doi:10.1007/s11695-010-0151-x

Abstract

Background

Bariatric surgery candidates spend very little time in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (≥3 metabolic equivalents [METs]). This study examined (1) how much of their remaining time is spent in sedentary behaviors (SB < 1.5 METs) compared to light-intensity activities (1.5–2.9 METs) and (2) whether sedentary time varies by BMI.

Methods

Daily time (hours, %) spent in SB was examined in 42 surgery candidates (BMI = 49.5 ± 7.9 kg/m2) using the SenseWear Pro2 Armband. Participants were stratified by BMI to assess the relationship between degree of obesity and SB.

Results

Participants wore the armband for 5.4 ± 0.7 days and 13.3 ± 1.7 h/day. On average, 81.4% (10.9 ± 2.1 h/day) of this time was spent in SB. Participants with BMI ≥ 50 spent nearly an hour more per day in SB than those with BMI 35–49.9 (p = 0.01).

Conclusions

Bariatric surgery candidates spend over 80% of their time in SB. Reducing SB may help to increase physical activity in these patients.

Keywords

Sedentary behaviorPhysical activityBariatric surgeryObesitySenseWear Pro2 Armband

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