SNAPSHOT: Using a novel data capture tool to explore sedentary behaviour, nutrition and associated behaviours in young adults with type 2 diabetes


What is the purpose of this study?


Research shows that Type 2 diabetes is on the increase and is increasingly being diagnosed in younger age groups. Lifestyle behaviours such as physical activity and reducing time spent sitting help in the management of Type 2 diabetes but also in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes. Our research group wants to develop lifestyle programmes for young people with diabetes to help them manage the disease but also to prevent more young people from developing diabetes. To do this effectively we need to understand what things might influence people’s lifestyle behaviours, what people might want in a lifestyle programme, and what barriers they face when making healthy lifestyle choices.

What does this study involve?


We will recruit 15 young adults (18-40 years of age) with T2DM to this study. We will objectively capture sedentary time, physical activity and dietary behaviour using an inclinometer (activPAL3) and a wearable camera (Autographer®) for 4-7 days.  Data from these devices will be used as “triggers” during semi-structured qualitative interviews to explore:

  • Perceptions of sedentary behaviour and other lifestyle behaviours
  • The context in which people engage in sedentary behaviour and physical activity
  • Influences (personal, social and environmental) on sedentary behaviour and associated eating patterns
  • Willingness to change sedentary behaviour
  • Acceptable strategies to reduce sedentary behaviour

Other aims of the study


  • To quantify episodes of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and eating and describe their dimensions (social context/interaction, indoor/outdoor and location).
  • To objectively quantify dietary intake and determine precision of dietary assessment in comparison to a 24 hour recall.

Further Information


If you would like further information about this study or
would like to get involved please contact:


Dr Charlotte Edwardson  ce95@le.ac.uk or

Dr Patrice Carter pc154@le.ac.uk