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Cohort study
Fidgeting is associated with lower mortality risk
  1. Toby G Pavey1,
  2. Richard Pulsford2
  1. 1Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Toby G Paveym, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane, QLD 4059, Australia; toby.pavey{at}

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Evidence from prospective cohort studies has suggested that high volumes of reported daily sitting time is associated with mortality.1 ,2 However, not all have observed the same association.3 Fidgeting (small movements associated with nervousness or impatience), could provide additional energy expenditure when sitting, although the relationship with sitting and health outcomes had yet to be examined. Hagger-Johnson et al examined data from nearly 13 000 women to determine whether fidgeting modified the association between sitting time and mortality.


This study featured prospective data from 12 778 participants (aged 37–78 years) in the Women's Cohort Study (UK). Average daily sitting time was reported for weekdays and weekend days, and combined to …

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  • Contributors TGP and RP contributed to the design of the commentary, drafting and revising the manuscript for submission, approved the final version and are accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.