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Peter Katzmarzyk, PhD: Is There a Maximum Amount of Time that People Should Sit Each Day?

Mar 15, 2015


Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk talks about how, although we have a lot of research data on healthy behavior, most of the information we have on sedentary behavior is only 8-10 years old, so it is hard to recommend a specific target for reducing sitting. New data is rapidly being gathered, however, especially with technology such as accelerometers. He also discusses various new ways to get moving while at work such as bicycle desks and treadmill desks.

More videos with Dr. Katzmarzyk:

Peter Katzmarzyk, PhD, FACSM, FAHA, Introduction
Focusing on the Health Effects of Sedentary Behavior
Is There a Maximum Amount of Time that People Should Sit Each Day?
Building Physical Activity Back into Our Daily Lives 
How to Improve the Public Environment to Encourage Physical Activity
Increase in Childhood Obesity Leading to More Type 2 Adults 

Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D, FACSM, FAHA, is currently a Professor and the Associate Executive Director for Population and Public Health Sciences at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. He also holds the Marie Edana Corcoran Endowed Chair in Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes. He obtained a PhD in Exercise Science from Michigan State University in 1997, and pursued post-doctoral education at Laval University in 1998. Dr. Katzmarzyk began his career at York University in Toronto where he was promoted to Associate Professor before moving to Queen’s University in 2002 and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in 2007. His main research interest is the epidemiology and public health impact of obesity and physical inactivity, and determining the relationships between physical activity, physical fitness, obesity and related disorders such as metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, particularly in children and youth. Dr. Katzmarzyk has published his research findings in more than 300 scholarly journals and books, and regularly participates in the scientific meetings of several national and international organizations. He is currently an editorial board member for the International Journal of Obesity, International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, and Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. Dr. Katzmarzyk’s scientific advocacy efforts include the organization of an annual public health conference on childhood obesity at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and chairing the research advisory committee for the development of Louisiana’s Report Card on Physical Activity and Health for Children and Youth. Dr. Katzmarzyk was recently appointed to serve on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board.