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Table 1 Characteristics of the study population (N = 44,978) in relation to sedentary habits at work

From: Workplace sitting is associated with self-reported general health and back/neck pain: a cross-sectional analysis in 44,978 employees

  I sit at work …
Almost all time 75% of the time 50% of the time 25% of the time Almost no time  
n = 7354 n = 13,611 n = 11,430 n = 10,296 n = 2287 p-trend
Women (%) 47% 44% 40% 40% 38% 0.001
Age (yrs) 40.4 (10.9) 42.0 (11.3) 43.0 (11.5) 42.5 (12.2) 42.1 (11.6) 0.001
BMI (kg·m-2) 25.8 (4.7) 26.0 (4.6) 26.4 (4.5) 26.6 (4.6) 26.5 (4.6) 0.001
SSYK (1 to 3) 72% 69% 60% 40% 21% 0.001
Regular exercise (≥1 time/week) 68% 70% 69% 65% 58% 0.001
Diet (Good/very good) 64% 68% 68% 66% 68% 0.001
Smoking (never) 87% 87% 86% 82% 78% 0.001
Breaking up sitting at work (Seldom/Never) 26% 13% 5% 4% 4% 0.001
Low SED in spare time (< 50% of the time) 42% 49% 54% 61% 64% 0.001
Perceived Health (Very poor/poor) 10.1% 6.8% 6.5% 7.0% 6.3% 0.001
Perceived Back/Neck pain (Very often/often) 22% 19% 19% 21% 22% 0.001
Perceived stress at work (Very often/often) 23% 20% 18% 18% 21% 0.001
  1. All values in mean (SD) or %
  2. SSYK 1 to 3 includes high-skilled white-collar occupations, i.e. managers and occupations requiring higher education qualifications or equivalent