About Sedentary Behavior:


Sedentary behavior is a growing issue in today’s society. With more jobs being restricted to a desk, less people are getting adequate physical activity, which is used to be acquired at work. Sedentary behavior is linked to many health risks and people need to be educated on its effects

Psychological Effects:

•Many studies have concluded that sedentary behavior is linked to depression.



 •While this is not a cause-effect relationship, it is important to note that a sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk of depression by up to 25% 




  •TV viewing is correlated to child and adult obesity. Food marketing is responsible for promoting a bad diet that influences how all viewers eat

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·         Obesity is one of the largest health issues that America is facing. The childhood obesity rate is more likely to occur for low-income children and with those whose parents are not as well educated. The relationship between income and weight, have a big impact on children as they are growing up.



•It has been shown that there is an inverse relationship between sedentary lifestyle and excessive weight gain and possible obesity 




•As technology has developed in the U.S. over the past 20 to 30 years, the population has also seen an increase in obesity 


 -Other health risks include, stroke, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease 



·         Most of us individuals are obese or overweight and may not realize it. Today due to technology and better mass transportation, we are more prone to becoming obese or overweight. The amount of weight can cost us both physically and financially. 



Environmental Factors

•Children who have direction in their life and support from their parents tend to have a healthier lifestyle 




•It has been shown that individuals who have high levels of physical activity over the life span have viewers problems with memory and thinking skills. This result supports the notion that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to overall health and brain function 


 •Lifestyle behavior is influenced by personal motivation, health, mobility issues and the social environment that we live in 



              How to Change

Physical Activity Guideline

30 minutes per day of moderate physical activity for a total of 150 minutes per week 



 Restrict TV viewing and computer use throughout the day to help control your weight    





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