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Scientists Say Inactive Lifestyle Is Not Linked To A Poor Diet

July 25, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists have been accumulating evidence for some time that excessive time spent TV viewing, automobile commuting, or sitting at home or on the job – i.e., sedentary behavior – is linked to adverse health outcomes. But U.S. researchers who analyzed health survey data on 4,910 adults found that sitting and doing nothing was not linked to poorer diets. They did find a significant correlation between physical activity and better overall diet quality, and concluded that physical activity should be encouraged along with adherence to dietary guidelines. But they suggested that sedentary behavior and dietary quality should be targeted independently.
Kerem Shuval et al., "Accelerometer determined sedentary behavior and dietary quality among US adults. ", Preventive Medicine, July 25, 2015, © Elsevier Inc.
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