Change in physical activity and sedentary time associated with 2-year weight loss in obese adults with osteoarthritis

Christine A. Pellegrini, Jing Song, Rowland W. Chang, Pamela A. Semanik, Jungwha Lee, Linda Ehrlich-Jones, Daniel Pinto, Dorothy D. Dunlop

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Background: We examined if changes in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), light activity, and sedentary behavior are related to weight change over a 2-year period in obese adults with/elevated risk for knee osteoarthritis. Methods: Weight, physical activity, and sedentary time at baseline and 2 years were obtained from 459 obese participants from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Weight change was categorized as ≥ 10 lbs, 5.0 to 9.9 lbs, 4.9 to -4.9 lbs, -5.0 to -9.9 lbs, and ≤ -10 lbs. We examined the association between 2-year weight change categories and changes in activity/sedentary time from accelerometer monitoring by multiple linear regression adjusted for baseline weight, demographic, and health factors. Results: Across the 5 weight categories (loss to gain), average 2-year change ranged from -7.4 to 28.0 sedentary minutes/day, 4.2 to -23.1 light activity minutes/day, and 3.2 to -4.9 MVPA minutes/day, respectively. Higher weight loss categories were separately associated with increased MVPA (P for trend < 0.001) and less sedentary gain (P for trend=0.01). Weight loss categories had a strong trend with light activity gain but not statistically significant (P for trend=0.06). Conclusions: Small increases in MVPA and decreases in sedentary time over 2 years were associated with weight loss among adults with obesity and with or at elevated risk for knee osteoarthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-466
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2016


  • Accelerometry
  • Health behavior
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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