Sedentary Behavior and Food Cravings in Diverse Overweight Women: A Pilot Study

Karen B. Grothe, Jacinda Roach, Annette Low, Susan Himes, Jennifer M. Craft, Greg J. Norman, Patricia M. Dubbert

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Obesity rates have risen sharply in the United States, with minority women among those most affected. Although a majority of Americans are considered inactive, little attention has been devoted to studying the correlation of sedentary behavior with dietary cravings in adults. Objective: The current study used objective and self-report methods to measure sedentary behavior and its relationship to food cravings in a sample of overweight African American and Caucasian women. Design: Thirty-nine adult women (54% African American) with an average body mass index of 33.7 wore accelerometers for one week and completed self-report measures of sedentary behavior, physical activity, and food cravings. Results: Self-reported television viewing time was slightly longer (3.0 versus 2.5 hours), although total sedentary time was shorter (6.7 versus 8.0 hours) on weekends versus weekdays. Weekend but not weekday sedentary time and television viewing were associated with stable aspects of food cravings rather than craving for specific foods. Conclusion: In this small sample, only a third of all sedentary time was attributed to viewing television. Assessing whether sedentary behavior occurs by necessity versus choice may be a factor to consider in examining its relationship to food cravings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-418
Number of pages14
JournalWomen and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2013


  • food cravings
  • obesity
  • sedentary behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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