Sedentary behavior

Kelsey L. McAlister, Tiffany M. Chapman, Martina Kanning, Jan Philipp Lange, Nanette V. Lopez, Kristen N. Moore, Natalie M. Papini, Li Yi, Genevieve F. Dunton, Britni R. Belcher

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Sedentary behavior, defined as any waking behavior that requires little to no energy expenditure, is considered a risk behavior given its strong links to numerous adverse health outcomes. Identifying the modifiable and non-modifiable factors that encourage sedentary behavior participation and that are consequences of sedentary behavior in children and adolescents lends insight for strategies that could improve overall health throughout the lifespan. Using the Biopsychosocial Model as the foundation, this chapter draws attention to the unidirectional and bidirectional influences between sedentary behavior and various biological and physiological health factors, psychological factors, social influences, and physical environmental factors in children and adolescents. This chapter summarizes the current literature and provides critical translational implications and recommendations for policymakers, researchers, and clinicians to consider.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Health, First Edition
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780128188736
ISBN (Print)9780128188729
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Biological determinants
  • Biopsychosocial model
  • Excessive sitting
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychological determinants
  • Risk behavior
  • Screen-time
  • Sitting behavior
  • Social determinants
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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