Appropriateness of the definition of 'sedentary' in young children: whole-room calorimetry study

John J. Reilly, Xanne Janssen, Dylan P. Cliff, Anthony D. Okely

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The present study aimed to measure the energy cost of three common sedentary activities in young children to test whether energy expended was consistent with the recent consensus definition of 'sedentary' as 'any behaviour conducted in a sitting or reclining posture and with an energy cost ≤1.5 metabolic equivalents (METs)' (Sedentary Behaviour Research Network, 2012).  This was an observational study.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Early online date30 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • calorimetry
  • obesity
  • children
  • preschool
  • sedentary behaviour
  • measurement

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