Urgent need for more active kids

Researchers from the Universities of Strathclyde and Newcastle have found that some primary school age children are active for just 20 minutes per day.

Urgent need for more active kids

by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 21st June 2012

Using members of the Gateshead Millennium Study as subjects, the study involved 508 children who were given advanced pedometers to measure physical activity levels over one week. It was found that only 20 minutes of the children’s waking time was spent doing ‘moderate to heavy’ physical activity.


The findings suggest that boys are more active than their female counterparts. Increased ‘paternal age’ was associated with increased sedentary behaviour, and increased time spent at school sports clubs was associated with a significant decrease in sedentary behaviour. Birth weight was not found to be significantly associated.


They concluded that ‘a range of factors, directly or indirectly, influenced physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviour. However, associations differed between the different constructs of PA and sedentary behaviour. Exploring further the sex differences in PA would appear to be useful, as would encouraging children to join out of school sports clubs’.

Source:  PLoS ONE, Early Predictors of Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour in 8–10 Year Old Children: The Gateshead Millennium Study, June 2012.

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