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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2012, Article ID 183194, 8 pages
Research Article

Beyond Screen Time: Assessing Recreational Sedentary Behavior among Adolescent Girls

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, West Bank Office Building Suite 300, 1300 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

Received 15 April 2011; Revised 29 June 2011; Accepted 8 August 2011

Academic Editor: Patty Freedson

Copyright © 2012 Katherine W. Bauer et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Most studies of sedentary behavior have focused on television use or screen time. This study aims to examine adolescent girls' participation in a variety of recreational sedentary behaviors (e.g., talking on the phone and hanging around), and their association with physical activity (PA), dietary behaviors, and body mass index. Data were from a sample of 283 adolescent girls. Recreational sedentary behavior, PA, and dietary behaviors were self-reported, and girls' height and weight were measured. Over 95% of girls engaged in at least one recreational sedentary behavior during the recall period. Watching television and hanging around were the most common behaviors. Watching television, using the Internet, and hanging around were associated with less PA; watching television, hanging around, and talking on the phone were associated with less healthful dietary behaviors. No associations were found with body mass index. Interventions may benefit from capitalizing on and intervening upon girls' common recreational sedentary behaviors.