Sedentary behaviour (SB) has been identified as an important mortality risk factor. Health organizations have recognised SB as a public health challenge with major health, social, and economic consequences. Researchers have alerted the need to develop specific strategies, to monitor, prevent, and reduce SB. However, there is no systematic analysis of the SB changes in European Union adults. This study aims to examine SB changes between 2002 and 2017 in the European Union (EU) adult population.
The authors conclusions state that:
- SB prevalence increased between 2002 and 2017 for the EU as a whole and for both sexes separately.
- Differences in SB prevalence were observed for all years between EU countries in the whole sample and both sexes separately.
- SB was consistently higher in men than women. These findings reveal a limited impact of current policies and interventions to tackle SB at the EU population level