The role of stress in understanding differences in sedentary behavior in hispanic/latino adults: Results from the hispanic community health study/study of latinos sociocultural ancillary study

Elizabeth Vásquez, Garrett Strizich, Linda Gallo, Simon J. Marshall, Gina C. Merchant, Rosenda Murillo, Frank J. Penedo, Christian Salazar, Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, Benjamin A. Shaw, Carmen R. Isasi

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Background: Chronic stress and/or lifetime traumatic stress can create a self-reinforcing cycle of unhealthy behaviors, such as overeating and sedentary behavior, that can lead to further increases in stress. This study examined the relationship between stress and sedentary behavior in a sample of Hispanic/Latino adults (N = 4244) from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Methods: Stress was measured as the number of ongoing difficulties lasting 6 months or more and as lifetime exposure to traumatic events. Sedentary behavior was measured by self-report and with accelerometer. Multivariable regression models examined associations of stress measures with time spent in sedentary behaviors adjusting by potential confounders. Results: Those who reported more than one chronic stressor spent, on average, 8 to 10 additional minutes per day in objectively measured sedentary activities (P <.05), whereas those with more than one lifetime traumatic stressor spent (after we adjusted for confounders) 10 to 14 additional minutes in sedentary activities (P <.01) compared with those who did not report any stressors. Statistical interactions between the 2 stress measures and age or sex were not significant. Conclusion: Interventions aimed at reducing sedentary behaviors might consider incorporating stress reduction into their approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-317
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016



  • Accelerometer
  • Chronic stress
  • Gender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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