Children meeting recommended activity levels in England 2012, by parental level

This statistic displays the proportion of children aged 5 to 15 years old who met the recommended physical activity guidelines, broken down by parents' activity summary in England from January to December 2012. In that year, 14 percent of girls whose fathers met activity guidelines also met physical activity recommendations.

Share of children meeting physical activity recommendations in England in 2012, by parental activity level

Father's activity meets guidelines18%14%
Father is less active29%19%
Mother's activity meets guidelines20%16%
Mother is less active24%17%
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Release date

December 2013


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

January to December 2012

Number of respondents


Age group

5- 15 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted bases: n (girls) = 964; n (boys) = 1,034

The source provides the following information about the data:
- 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.
- Low activity: Fewer than 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity on each day, or moderate to vigorous intensity activity of 60 minutes or more on fewer than seven days in the last week.

- Excludes walking or cycling to/from school.

Where the 'total physical activity' variable has been included in the tables, it is an aggregate of the grouped activities listed above.

Walking or cycling to/from school is reported separately from other walking and cycling in these analyses, because active travel to and from school is an important opportunity for physical activity by children.

Meets adult guidlines: At least 150 minute moderately intensive physical activity (MPA) or 75 minutes vigorous activity (VPA) per week (pw) or an equivalent combination of these.
- Less active: Less than 150 minutes moderately intensive physical activity (MPA) or 75 minutes vigorous activity (VPA) per week (pw) or an equivalent combination of these.

Parental summary physical activity includes moderate or vigorous occupational physical activity derived from the extended questionnaire, introduced in 2008. It includes relevant activities only if reported to have lasted for at least 10 minutes per day, and assumes that all activity above light intensity was of moderate intensity, i.e. there was no sustained vigorous activity. The HSE 2012 questionnaire asked on how many of the days worked the specific types of occupational activities had been undertaken. The classification of parental summary physical activity uses this information, to provide the most accurate estimate of total moderate and vigorous intensity activity.

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