Sedentary behavior and cardio-metabolic health: a study into the hazards of sitting too much

Julianne D. van der Berg

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Physical activity is healthy – that is a well-known fact. Still, many people spend the larger part of the day sitting down. To address this issue, this thesis looks into the relationship between sedentary behaviour and cardio-metabolic health in connection with type 2 diabetes. The research shows that each additional hour spent seated leads to a 22% increase in the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Reducing sedentary behaviour by standing up or walking around for half an hour significantly reduces the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Therefore, it could be valuable to draw up guidelines for sedentary behaviour in addition to guidelines for physical activity.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Stehouwer, Coen, Supervisor
  • Bosma, Hans, Supervisor
  • Koster, Annemarie, Co-Supervisor
Award date6 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • type 2 diabetes
  • sedentary behaviour

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