Physical activity levels of children in England 2015, by gender and BMI

This statistic displays the results of a survey on the physical activity levels of children aged between 5 and 15 years old in England in 2015, by BMI (Body Mass Index) and gender. In that year it was found that 24 percent of obese boys and 13 percent of obese girls met the recommendations for physical activity of being physically active for at least 60 minutes per day.

Distribution of physical activity levels among children in England in 2015, by body mass index (BMI) and gender

Meets recommendationsSome activityLow activity
Boys - Not overweight or obese24%41%35%
Boys - Overweight18%50%33%
Boys - Obese24%36%41%
Girls - Not overweight or obese22%36%43%
Girls - Overweight16%39%45%
Girls - Obese13%37%50%
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Source

Release date

December 2016

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

January to December 2015

Number of respondents

2,317*

Age group

5-15 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* n (boys) - 1,151; n (girls) - 1,166.

Meets recommendations: Physically active for at least 60 minutes on all 7 days per week; Some activity: Physically active for 30-59 minutes on all 7 days or 60 minutes or more on 3-6 days; Low activity: Lower levels of activity. Excludes walking or cycling to/from school.

Overweight was defined as at or above the 85th but below the 95th UK National BMI centile; obese was defined as at or above the 95th UK National BMI centile.

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