SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR IN NON-REMOTE AREAS
In 2012-13, the collection of sedentary behaviour data in non-remote areas in the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS) was via three separate question modules across National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Physical Activity Survey (NATSINPAS) and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS). Sedentary behaviour questions were collected in the following modules:
- Adult physical activity
- Child 5-17 years physical activity
- Child 2-4 years physical activity (NATSINPAS only)
For details on remote sedentary behaviour, see the Sedentary behaviour in remote areas
chapter of this Users’ Guide.
Adult sedentary behaviour data collected in the NATSIHS, from persons 18 years and over, included time spent:
- sitting at work on a usual day
- sitting to watch TV or use a computer for leisure on a usual work/week day
- sitting for leisure on a usual work/week day.
Adult sedentary behaviour data collected in the NATSINPAS, from persons 18 years and over, included time spent in the last week:
- sitting at work
- sitting for transport (including waiting for transport)
- sitting or lying down to watch television or videos
- sitting or lying down to play electronic games
- sitting or lying down to use a computer or the internet
- sitting or lying down to use a phone (including text messages and talking)
- sitting or lying down to do other social or leisure activities (such as at a barbecue, for meals, at a cinema, etc.).
For children, sedentary behaviour data was collected from persons aged 5 to 17 years in NATSIHS and 2 to 17 years in NATSINPAS. The focus of sedentary data for child is on screen-based activities. For each day in the 3 days prior to interview, data was collected on the time spent sitting or lying down to:
- watch TV/DVDs
- play any electronic games
- use the internet or computer (excluding games) for homework and non-homework purposes (5-17 years only).