Navigation Links
Vanderbilt study finds lack of exercise not a factor in health disparities
Date:4/18/2013

Health disparities between white and black adults in the South are not connected to a lack of exercise but more likely related to other factors such as access to health care, socioeconomic status and perhaps genetics, according to a Vanderbilt study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

In fact, more than 80,000 residents enrolled in the long-term Southern Community Cohort Study (SCCS) spent an equal amount of time about nine hours or 60 percent of their waking day in sedentary behaviors regardless of race.

"Our conclusion is that physical activity is not a significant factor in disparities that are observed in health between, for example, African-Americans and whites in this country," said senior author Mac Buchowski, Ph.D., research professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. Co-authors of the study are SCCS investigators from Vanderbilt, the International Epidemiology Institute, the National Institutes of Health and Harvard School of Public Health.

"Of course from this study we don't know what these reasons are but at least we could eliminate physical activity as a deciding factor in disparities, or even that it has much influence on disparities. But this does not diminish the role of physical activity in health, which is well known."

A major goal of the study, Buchowski said, was looking at sedentary behaviors, which are linked to health outcomes more than more active forms of physical activity in adults.

Sedentary behaviors are behaviors that usually do not require more than 50 percent more energy than lying down, such as sitting, doing office work in general and being engaged in screen time that includes viewing television, using tablets, smartphones or any other form of computer work.

Members of the cohort, residing in 12 southeastern states, were asked questions related to physical activity. In the cohort, only 16 percent of women and 25 percent of men were doing physical activity according to the guidelines for Americans, which is 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.

"Perhaps for our cohort it may be more feasible to ask people to reduce the amount of time they spend sitting rather than do gym-based exercises," Buchowski said. "So if people would do a little bit more household or yard work it might be equally, or more, beneficial than vigorous exercise."

Sedentary and physically active behaviors were obtained from a validated physical activity questionnaire in 23,021 black men, 9,899 white men, 32,214 black women, and 15,425 white women (age 40-79) at enrollment into the SCCS.

The prevalence of obesity was 34 percent and 29 percent in white and black men, respectively, and 46 percent and 58 percent in white and black women, respectively.

With the exception of white males, nearly one-third of the participants had less than a high school education and the majority of participants reported household incomes of less than $15,000 annually.

"It has been shown in many studies that, in general, the amount of physical activity and fitness level are related to morbidity and mortality." Buchowski said.

"Regardless of our findings, we think that promoting physical activity is important. In addition to national programs and guidelines universally available to everyone, we need targeted interventions for vulnerable populations with specific needs.

"Our study suggests that interventions in older adults should focus on both reducing sedentary behaviors and increasing more active forms of physical activity," Buchowski said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Craig Boerner
craig.boerner@vanderbilt.edu
615-322-4747
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Vanderbilt study finds maternal diet important predictor of severity for infant RSV
2. Vanderbilt study reveals clues to childhood respiratory virus
3. Vanderbilt study examines Affordable Care Acts impact on uncompensated care
4. Vanderbilt study finds diverse genetic alterations in triple-negative breast cancers
5. UNC, Vanderbilt discover a new live vaccine approach for SARS and novel coronaviruses
6. Vanderbilt study looks at benefits of progestogens to prevent early childbirth
7. Vanderbilt-led study reveals racial disparities in prostate cancer care
8. Vanderbilt researchers find proteins may point way to new prostate cancer drug targets
9. Vanderbilt study finds obesity linked to kidney injury after heart surgery
10. People Happier When They Get More Sex Than Their Friends: Study
11. Nearly 30 percent of women fail to pick up new prescriptions for osteoporosis, study finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... the factors of a stroke, which we as a society can control and change. ... a stroke occurs nearly every 40 seconds within the United States. Plus, with an ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... ... Beleza Medspa has initiated a new program to assist active duty ... that Coolsculpting is being used for for more than just cosmetic purposes. ... prescribed body-fat standard, measured by the circumference-based tape method. The tape-test is used ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... Each year Standard Process Inc. ... is this year’s Life University winner of a $2,500 scholarship from ... Leadership Awards ceremony. , Outerbridge is approaching her last quarter at Life University ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... There are many ways to cook a hot dog, but ... Americans prefer their dogs straight off the grill. Of the 90 percent of Americans ... to cook a hot dog, far outpacing other cooking methods such as steaming (12 ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... clinical outcomes, hosted members and suppliers for its inaugural Member Conference at the ... their mission of elevating the operational health of America’s healthcare providers. , The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... AMSTERDAM , May 24, 2016 ... aplicación médica para ayudar a los médicos a compartir ... los pacientes a escala mundial. Profesionales médicos de Europa, ... ya se han apuntado a la aplicación, que combina ... en un entorno totalmente seguro. Educación   ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand , May 24, 2016 ... scanning and informatics solutions for the healthcare sector, has been ... the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards 2016. Dr ... a fantastic acknowledgement for our team.  It,s really good to ... the burden healthcare internationally. Our products are used in 35 ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... KONG , May 24, 2016 ... , the world , s first ... AV fistula intervention   OrbusNeich, a global ... has expanded its portfolio to include products to treat ... are the company,s first entry devices for lower limb ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: