Sedentary time of children weekly in England 2012, by gender

This statistic displays the mean number of hours that children aged 2 to 15 years spend being sedentary on weekdays and weekend days over one weekend, in England, in 2012. On this week, boys spent 3.3 hours on a weekday being sedentary and girls spend 3.2 hours on a weekday being sedentary.

Mean number of hours children spend being sedentary weekly in England in 2012, by gender and weekday and weekend days

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Release date

December 2013


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

January to December 2012

Number of respondents


Age group

2-15 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted base n (boys)= 862; n (girls)= 844.

The source provides the following information about the data:
Sedentary time excluding time at school.

Sitting down doing any activity e.g. reading, doing homework, drawing, using a computer, or playing video games.

Bases are for 'Watching TV' on weekdays. All other bases vary but are of similar magnitude.

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