Table 2

Variety and Frequency of activities stratified by population subgroups
Variety Frequency
Mean ± sd P-value Mean ± sd P-value
Overall 10.8 ± 5.0 24.2 ± 15.0
Most vs. Least active*
 Bottom 10% 9.9 ± 4.7 Ref 21.0 ±12.7 Ref
 Top 10% 11.7 ± 5.2 0.002 27.2 ± 14.8 <0.001
Sex
 Boys 10.4 ± 5.2 Ref 23.8 ±15.0 Ref
 Girls 11.1 ± 4.9 0.011 24.6 ±15.0 0.299
Location†
 Rural 10.5 ± 4.7 Ref 23.4 ± 13.8 Ref
 Suburban 11.1 ± 5.3 0.098 24.7 ± 15.6 0.155
 Urban 10.8 ± 5.1 0.593 22.5 ± 14.0 0.413
Weight status
 Non-overweight 10.8 ± 5.1 Ref 24.1 ± 15.2 Ref
 Overweight/obese 10.8 ± 4.6 0.893 24.6 ± 14.6 0.522
Activity status
 Not meeting government PA guidelines 10.4 ± 4.8 Ref 22.8 ± 14.4 Ref
 Meeting government PA guidelines 11.0 ± 5.1 0.048 24.8 ± 15.3 0.009
Parent/guardian education level
 GCSE or lower 10.8 ± 5.0 Ref 24.5 ± 15.0 Ref
 A-level or lower vocational 10.9 ± 5.2 0.710 24.8 ± 15.5 0.737
 University degree or higher vocational 10.4 ± 4.7 0.210 22.5 ± 14.0 0.047

Data are presented as mean ± standard deviation.

Ref is the reference category.

Differences in Variety or Frequency between population strata (p–values presented in Table 2) were tested for using multilevel linear regression.

*comparison between the most (top 10% n = 170) and least (bottom 10% n = 170) active children based on number of minutes spent in MVPA.

†31 participants included in the main analysis had missing data for location, the descriptive characteristics presented in Table 2 for location are based on the 1669 participants (936 girls, 733 boys) with data available.

PA physical activity, GCSE general certificate of secondary education.

Brooke et al.

Brooke et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:761   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-761

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