Sedentary Behaviors and Youth

Current Trends and the Impact on Health
    • January 2014
National guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical 
activity every day for children and teens, but the majority of young people do not 
meet that goal. Spending excessive time engaging in sedentary behaviors, such as 
watching TV, playing video games, and other screen time activities, contributes to the 
problem.
 
Sedentary behaviors are linked with higher risk for obesity, diabetes, and 
other chronic health problems among adults, even among those who are physically 
active and have healthy diets.
 
This review examines trends in sedentary behaviors among youth and 
their impact on obesity. It also explores differences in the prevalence of sedentary 
behaviors based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.