A study published JAMA in July, 2019 revealed Americans have increased the amount of time they spend being physically inactive. As listed in an article on John Hopkins Medicine, physical inactivity or sedentary behaviors contribute to the following health conditions:
- High blood pressure.
- Type 2 diabetes
- Feelings of anxiety and depression
- Coronary heart disease
- Certain cancers
- Decreased quality of life
In 2008, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released federal “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG)”. The guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for the type and duration of physical activity for the general American population; the PAG recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week.
A survey conducted in 2009, 1 year after the release of the recommendations, showed approximately 1/3 of Americans were aware of the guidelines and less than 1% of American adults knew specifics about the recommendations.
From 2007 to 2016, the HSS conducted a series of cross-sectional studies including data from more than 27 thousand participants, 18 years or older. The purpose of the surveys is to better understand the current trends in adherence to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans; specifically, they wanted to understand how much time Americans are engaging in physical activities versus sedentary activities, and if those trends have changed over time.
The surveys were developed to measure the duration, frequency, and intensity of leisure-time, work-related, and transportation related aerobic activity as well as estimated time spent sitting per day.
Results from the surveys showed Americans have not significantly increased their aerobic activity with 63.2 % of Americans engaging in aerobic activity in 2007-2008 versus 65.2% in 2015-2016. However, Americans have increased the amount of hours spent in sedentary behaviors from 5.7 hours per day in 2007-2008 to 6.4 hours per day in 2015-2016.
The Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle
Research has shown, extended periods of inactivity can lead to a slower metabolism, weight gain and obesity. Obesity in the U.S. is a serious health condition that has become an increasing problem in the United States. To become obese, a person consumes more calories a day than their body uses. The excess calories are stored as fat and the more calories consumed the more fat is stored. A person suffering from obesity frequently has a difficult time performing daily activities such as walking and breathing. Over time, this leads to a number of chronic health conditions.
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- Yang Du, MD, MS; Buyun Liu, MD, PhD.; Yangbo Sun, MD, PhD.; et al. Trends in Adherence to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans for Aerobic Activity and Time Spent on Sedentary Behavior Among US Adult, 2007-20016. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(7):e197597. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.7597