Child sedentary activity
Source: Scottish Health Survey
- In 2017, children (aged 2 to 15 years) spent a mean time of 2.2 hours sitting watching a television or other screen on weekdays and 3.1 hours on weekend days (excluding time at school).
- The rates for all children have been relatively stable since 2003, at around 2.0 to 2.3 mean hours on weekdays and 2.7 to 3.1 hours on weekend days.
- Boys spent more time sitting watching a television or other screen than girls, particularly at weekends when the mean times recorded were 3.3 hours for boys and 2.9 hours for girls.
- The proportion of children spending four or more hours sitting watching a television or other screen on an average day (excluding time in school) in 2017 was 15% (16% for boys, 13% for girls).This was a slight increase compared to 2015 and 2016 (12% and 13% respectively), and remains lower than the proportion in 2003 (16%).
Figure 12. Proportion of children (2-15) spending four or more hours sitting watching TV/other screen, by gender, 2003-2017
Time spent at a screen (TV or other screen such as a computer, games console or handheld gaming device) on an average day (including weekdays and weekends) excluding time at school.
Breakdowns by age, gender, SIMD and long-term conditions are possible, but not all are available annually.
Rationale for including child sedentary activity:
These data are useful to monitor the proportion of children engaging in sedentary behavior, such as hours spent sitting at screen on an average day.
Factors influencing child sedentary activity:
- Choice of leisure activities.
- Availability of alternatives to screen-based activity.
- Safe outdoor spaces to play.
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