There has been substantial focus on reducing sedentary behavior for a variety of health-related conditions, which includes obesity prevention and treatment. This has resulted in a proliferation of use of standing desks and other devices to reduce sitting and to increase standing. However, the evidence related to obesity remains mixed on whether it is the reduction in sedentary behavior (e.g., sitting) or the increase in physical activity (movement) that will impact obesity. This session will focus on presenting the evidence on sedentary behavior versus physical activity for obesity prevention and treatment, intervention strategies and opportunities, and perspectives on advancing the clinical application and research opportunities to advance the application to obesity prevention and treatment.

This session was jointly produced by The Obesity Society (TOS) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).


1:30pm The Evidence Supporting “Sit Less” versus “Move More” for Obesity Prevention and Treatment
Jessica Unick, PhD
2:00pm Transitioning “Sit Less” into “Move More”: Intervention Strategies and Opportunities
Renee J Rogers, PhD
2:30pm Reimagining Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior for Obesity Prevention and Treatment: Clinical and Research Opportunities
John M Jakicic, PhD FTOS FACSM