Stand Up for Health: Understanding sedentary behaviours and working towards healthy solutions (WC2015-039)

Background

Starting date: 01/07/2015

Changing sedentary behavior patterns in modern societies is increasingly deemed to be a public health priority and understanding the determinants of sedentary behavior is of utmost importance to this end. Much research has focused on potential environmental determinants such as socioeconomic status or the built environment. However, even under identical circumstances, some individuals are more predisposed towards a sedentary lifestyle than others. These individual differences must be due to factors that reside within the person, more specifically due to their genetic material. Twin- and family studies lend themselves to investigate the contribution of genes and the environment to a trait. In addition, they allow for a test of the association between two traits while controlling for genetic and shared environmental factors.