Annals of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 181–188

Non-Occupational Sitting and Mental Well-Being in Employed Adults

Authors

    • British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, School of Sport, Exercise and Health SciencesLoughborough University
    • UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge
  • Emma Adams
    • British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, School of Sport, Exercise and Health SciencesLoughborough University
  • Fiona C. Bull
    • British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, School of Sport, Exercise and Health SciencesLoughborough University
  • Stuart J. H. Biddle
    • School of Sport, Exercise and Health SciencesLoughborough University
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12160-011-9320-y

Cite this article as:
Atkin, A.J., Adams, E., Bull, F.C. et al. ann. behav. med. (2012) 43: 181. doi:10.1007/s12160-011-9320-y

Abstract

Background

Emerging evidence suggests that sedentary behaviour may be adversely associated with physical health, but few studies have examined the association with mental well-being.

Purpose

This study examined the association of four non-occupational sedentary behaviours, individually and in total, with mental well-being in employed adults.

Methods

Baseline data from the evaluation of Well@Work, a national workplace health promotion project conducted in the UK, were used. Participants self-reported sitting time whilst watching television, using a computer, socialising and travelling by motorised transport. Mental well-being was assessed by the 12-item version of the general health questionnaire. Analyses were conducted using multiple linear regression.

Results

In models adjusted for multiple confounders, TV viewing, computer use and total non-occupational sitting time were adversely associated with general health questionnaire-12 assessed mental well-being in women. Computer use only was found to be adversely associated with mental well-being in men.

Conclusion

Sedentary behaviour may be adversely associated with mental well-being in employed adults. The association may be moderated by gender.

Keywords

Sedentary behaviourSitting timeMental well-beingEffect modification

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© The Society of Behavioral Medicine 2011