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Table 1 Characteristics (n, % (of sitting time group)) of participants by amount of sitting time per day

From: All-cause mortality effects of replacing sedentary time with physical activity and sleeping using an isotemporal substitution model: a prospective study of 201,129 mid-aged and older adults

   0–2 hrs 3–4 hrs 5–6 hrs 7+ hrs
Gender Men 16,516 (43.9 %) 27,993 (46.3 %) 24,719 (47.5 %) 24,713 (51.9 %)
  Women 21,116 (56.1 %) 32,477 (53.7 %) 27,316 (52.5 %) 22,908 (48.1 %)
Age at baseline 45–49 yrs 6,249 (16.6 %) 7,764 (12.8 %) 6,405 (12.3 %) 8,257 (17.3 %)
  50–54 yrs 7,104 (18.9 %) 9,991 (16.5 %) 7,979 (15.3 %) 10,093 (21.2 %)
  55–59 yrs 7,373 (19.6 %) 10,433 (17.3 %) 8,933 (17.2 %) 9,280 (19.5 %)
  60–64 yrs 6,231 (16.6 %) 9,850 (16.3 %) 8,191 (15.7 %) 6,401 (13.4 %)
  65–69 yrs 4,470 (11.9 %) 8,300 (13.7 %) 7,140 (13.7 %) 4,355 (9.1 %)
  70–74 yrs 2,759 (7.3 %) 5,755 (9.5 %) 5,018 (9.6 %) 2,898 (6.1 %)
  75–79 yrs 1,645 (4.4 %) 3,773 (6.2 %) 3,615 (6.9 %) 2,291 (4.8 %)
  80–84 yrs 1,380 (3.7 %) 3,443 (5.7 %) 3,483 (6.7 %) 2,645 (5.6 %)
  85+ yrs 421 (1.1 %) 1,161 (1.9 %) 1,271 (2.4 %) 1,401 (2.9 %)
Education level University degree 7,731 (20.8 %) 12,952 (21.7 %) 12,615 (24.5 %) 15,760 (33.4 %)
Marital status Married/in relationship 29,573 (79.0 %) 46,961 (78.0 %) 39,804 (76.9 %) 35,563 (75.1 %)
Region type Major city 15,177 (40.3 %) 25,327 (41.9 %) 23,365 (44.9 %) 25,062 (52.6 %)
  Inner regional 13,932 (37.0 %) 22,177 (36.7 %) 18,847 (36.2 %) 15,268 (32.1 %)
  Outer regional/remote 8,523 (22.6 %) 12,966 (21.4 %) 9,823 (18.9 %) 7,291 (15.3 %)
Body mass index Obese (≥30 Kg/m2) 7,203 (20.6 %) 11,839 (21.0 %) 10,995 (22.6 %) 11,326 (25.3 %)
Smoking status Current smoker 2,914 (7.8 %) 4,431 (7.3 %) 3,592 (6.9 %) 3,402 (7.2 %)
Self-rated health Excellent 6,568 (18.0 %) 9,260 (15.8 %) 7,296 (14.4 %) 6,712 (14.5 %)
  Very good 14,370 (39.3 %) 22,924 (39.0 %) 19,250 (38.0 %) 16,808 (36.2 %)
  Good 11,714 (32.1 %) 19,707 (33.5 %) 17,306 (34.2 %) 15,653 (33.7 %)
  Fair 3,366 (9.2 %) 6,039 (10.3 %) 5,909 (11.7 %) 6,070 (13.1 %)
  Poor 515 (1.4 %) 810 (1.4 %) 882 (1.7 %) 1,181 (2.5 %)
Require help for disability   1,216 (3.4 %) 2,176 (3.8 %) 2,401 (4.8 %) 2,814 (6.1 %)
Psychological distress High distress 4,570 (7.7 %) 3,463 (7.5 %) 2,304 (7.0 %) 3,057 (6.9 %)
History of CVD   11,458 (18.0 %) 8,954 (17.7 %) 5,988 (16.7 %) 6,656 (13.8 %)
History of cancer   5,683 (8.9 %) 4,554 (9.0 %) 3,051 (8.5 %) 3,746 (7.8 %)
History of diabetes   5,777 (9.1 %) 4,418 (8.8 %) 2,836 (7.9 %) 3,060 (6.3 %)
Died   3,083 (4.7 %) 2,066 (4.0 %) 1,196 (3.3 %) 1,115 (2.3 %)