Sedentary Behavior and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors among Latino Adults

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UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

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Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Cardiovascular Diseases | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine


BACKGROUND: Sedentary behavior has been associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) among primarily White samples, while studies among Latinos have shown mixed results.

PURPOSE: To explore relationships between sedentary behavior and CVD risk factors among a sample of Latino adults.

METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 602 Latino adults. Surveys of sedentary behavior and physical activity were orally administered. Anthropometric measurements included weight, height, waist circumference, and blood pressure. Medical record data for diabetes and dyslipidemia were obtained.

RESULTS: Sedentary behavior was associated with BMI (beta = .164, p < .001) and waist circumference (beta = .162, p < .001). Sedentary behavior was not associated with blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or physical activity.

CONCLUSIONS: The consequences of sedentary behavior may differ across groups. Evaluating the relationship between sedentary behavior and CVD risk is critical in identifying behaviors contributing to CVD.


Health behavior, sedentary behavior, cardiovascular health, health disparities

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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017;28(2):798-811. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0075. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of health care for the poor and underserved

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