Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 97, Issue 3, pp 255–257 | Cite as

Tackling the Obesity Pandemic

A Call for Sedentary Behaviour Research
  • Paul A. Spanier
  • Simon J. Marshall
  • Guy E. Faulkner


An emerging threat to public health is seen in the dramatic rise in obesity status of Canadians, especially among young people. In addressing the possible factors responsible for these dramatic increases, this paper outlines the importance of understanding sedentariness as an important health behaviour, distinct from physical activity, and identifying the modifiable determinants of sedentary behaviours.

MeSH terms

Obesity child television video games exercise 


Une menace grandissante pour la santé publique des Canadiennes et des Canadiens est la hausse spectaculaire de l’obésité, particulièrement parmi les jeunes. En étudiant les facteurs qui pourraient en être responsables, cet article décrit l’importance de considérer la sédentarité comme un comportement significatif pour la santé, distinct de l’activité physique, et de répertorier les déterminants modifiables des comportements sédentaires.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Spanier
    • 1
  • Simon J. Marshall
    • 2
  • Guy E. Faulkner
    • 3
  1. 1.Graduate Department of Exercise SciencesUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Exercise and Nutritional SciencesSan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of Physical Education and HealthUniversity of TorontoCanada

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