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DAPA Measurement Toolkit



Posture refers to the pose of the body. Body position is of interest in population health research as different postures may be associated with different levels of energy expenditure, for example:

  • Standing expends more energy than sitting due to contraction of muscles to keep the body upright
  • The definition of sedentary behaviour includes a condition on posture; the person must be sitting or lying down (but awake)

Depending on the research question, it may be necessary to measure the following postures:

  • Lying
  • Sitting
  • Standing


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