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Association Between Employment Status and Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior: The Maastricht Study.

Pulakka A, Stenholm S, Bosma H, Schaper NC, Savelberg HHCM, Stehouwer CDA, van der Kallen CJH, Dagnelie PC, Sep SJS, Koster A. 


To examine the association between employment status and physical activity and sedentary behavior.


We included 2045 participants from The Maastricht Study, who used a thigh-worn accelerometer. We compared time spent sedentary, standing, stepping, and higher intensity physical activity between participants with different employment status (non-employed or low-, intermediate- or high-level occupation) with analysis of variance.


Participants in low-level occupations were less sedentary and standing and stepping more than those in other occupational categories and non-employed participants. Among the employed, the differences were mostly observed on weekdays, whereas the differences in sedentary time and standing between those in low-level occupations and non-employed participants were evident both on weekdays and weekend days.


Those in low-level occupational category were less sedentary and more active than non-employed and those in other occupational categories, especially on weekdays.

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