About SIT

SIT is a open science project setup to develop a common taxonomy (naming and classification system) of sedentary behaviours through a formal consensus process taking into account the opinion of experts and of the general public.

Why? Mounting evidence suggests that too much time spent sedentary adversely affect health and wellbeing. This prompted several countries (e.g. Canada, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Finland and USA) to issue recommendations to limit sedentary time at all ages. Currently sedentary behaviour is an umbrella term that describes a cluster of behaviours where sitting or lying is the dominant mode of posture and energy expenditure is low. This covers a very broad range of behaviours which might have different impact on health and might be more or less difficult to modify. Some might be harmful others a necessity (we all need to rest some times!). Therefore to advance sedentary behaviour research a standardised system of labelling and classifying sedentary behaviours  is required.

Aim: To develop a common taxonomy of sedentary behaviours in order to

- Facilitate systematic and standardised investigation and analysis
- Enable systematic and standardised reporting
- Facilitate comparison and metanalysis
- Facilitate development of measurement tools sensors and outcome measures.

Project brief: To be universal the taxonomy will have to satisfy the following criteria;

  • To be open access
  • Be useful across the lifespan (from children to older adults)
  • Work across different scientific disciplines
  • Updatable
  • Understandable to both research and public

Why open science? Clearly a broad consensus process has more chances to satisfy the project brief  and aims.

Project administration: Currently the project is under the administration of Prof D.Skelton and Dr S. Chastin at Glasgow Caledonian University.