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Socioeconomic correlates of sedentary time during pregnancy among women at risk of gestational diabetes in the UK

Wagnild, Janelle M. and Pollard, Tessa M. (2022) 'Socioeconomic correlates of sedentary time during pregnancy among women at risk of gestational diabetes in the UK.', Journal of biosocial science., 54 (5). pp. 876-887.


Little is known about the relationship between socioeconomic position (SEP) and duration and patterning of objectively measured sedentary time (ST) among adults, especially adults at high risk of diabetes. The aim of this study was to examine cross-sectional associations of SEP with ST (total, prolonged ST, breaks in ST) and self-reported TV time among pregnant women at risk of gestational diabetes in the UK. At 20 weeks’ gestation, pregnant women (n=174) wore an activPAL accelerometer and reported their usual TV time. Generalized linear mixed models were used to test associations of education, household income and area-level deprivation (separately and with mutual adjustment) with total ST, prolonged ST and breaks in ST. Logistic regression models were used to test associations between SEP indicators and high (≥2h/day) TV time. Those with the lowest education, lowest household income and highest area-level deprivation had the lowest ST and lowest prolonged ST. After mutual adjustment, area-level deprivation remained associated with total ST (β=0.10 [0.01, 0.20]). There was an inverse association between area-level deprivation and breaks in sedentary time (exp(b)=1.11 [1.01, 1.22]). Education was the only SEP correlate of high TV time, with more of those with least education reporting high TV time; this association persisted after adjustment for household income and area-level deprivation. The association between SEP and total and prolonged ST (positive) was the opposite of the association between education and high TV time (negative) in this sample of high-risk pregnant women. These findings should inform interventions to reduce sedentary time.

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Publisher statement:This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press
Date accepted:16 July 2021
Date deposited:27 August 2021
Date of first online publication:05 August 2021
Date first made open access:27 August 2021

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