Title

Relationships between College Students' Sedentary Behavior, Sleep Quality, and Body Mass Index.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-9-2021

Abstract

PURPOSE: Sedentary behavior (SB), sleep efficiency (SE), sleep duration (SD), and body mass index (BMI) are crucial determinants of an individual's health. However, empirical evidence regarding associations between these factors in young adults living in China remains unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between accelerometer-measured SB, SE, SD, and BMI in Chinese college students.

METHODS: Two-hundred and twenty college students (115 females,

RESULTS: Participants' average time spent in SB was 76.52% (SD = 10.03), SE was 84.12% (SD = 4.79), and BMI was 20.67 kg/m

CONCLUSION: Prolonged SB (e.g., screen viewing, smartphone use, and computer playing) and higher BMI may link to shorter sleep duration and lower sleep efficiency in Chinese young adults. Future randomized controlled trials are needed to further confirm these findings. Given that increased BMI status and SB may relate to adverse health outcomes, more population-based intervention strategies seeking to lower BMI and reduce SB (e.g., nutrition education and physical activity promotion) are needed in this population.

Publication Title

Int J Environ Res Public Health

ISSN

1660-4601

Volume

18

Issue

8

DOI

10.3390/ijerph18083946

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