Prospective examination of objectively assessed physical activity and sedentary time after breast cancer treatment: Sitting on the crest of the teachable moment

Catherine M. Sabiston, Jennifer Brunet, Jeff K. Vallance, Sarkis Meterissian

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    Abstract

    Background: This study prospectively examined patterns of objectively assessed sedentary time and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during a 1-year period following completion of primary treatment among breast cancer survivors. The potential moderating effect of weight status on sedentary and MVPA time was also examined. Methods: Breast cancer survivors [n = 177; M(SD)age = 54.9 (11.1) years, 85% White/Caucasian; 82% stage I or II cancer; M(SD)time since treatment = 3.5 (2.4) months] who were recruited into a convenience sample had weight, height, and waist circumference measured and wore Actigraph GT3X accelerometers for 1 week every 3 months for 1 year. Data were analyzed using repeated measures ANOVA. Results: Survivors spent nearly 78% of their day sedentary across all time points compared with less than 2% of their day engaged in MVPA. Sedentary time remained fairly stable over 12 months, whereas MVPA levels significantly decreased. Survivors with an overweight body mass index and unhealthy waist-to-height ratio engaged in significantly less MVPA than healthy weight survivors, with significant waist-to-height ratio moderator effects for both sedentary and MVPA. Conclusions: Sedentary time remains high in the first year following treatment for breast cancer, andMVPA decreases. These trends are more pronounced for survivors who are overweight, with stronger effects noted when waist-to-height ratio was examined compared with body mass index. Impact: These findings suggest that breast cancer survivors may be doing very little to improve their lifestyle behaviors following a cancer diagnosis and treatments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1324-1330
    Number of pages7
    JournalCancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
    Volume23
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul. 2014

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