Table 6.9: Childrens' sedentary time, 2015 to 2018, by sex

Base: Aged 2-15 2015 - 2018
Sedentary leisure time in hoursa (TV & non-TV) 2015 2016 2017 2018
Boys Weekday Mean 3.2 3.4 3.3 3.3
SE of the mean 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.05
Standard deviation 1.26 1.31 1.32 1.41
Median 3.0 3.5 3.0 3.0
% in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 26 29 37 27
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 30 20 16 27
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 24 26 24 22
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 20 25 23 24
Weekend Mean 4.5 4.5 4.8 4.6
SE of the mean 0.10 0.08 0.11 0.08
Standard deviation 2.03 1.90 2.12 2.11
Median 4.0 4.0 4.5 4.0
% in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 31 30 27 30
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 22 21 26 21
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 29 33 23 29
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 18 15 23 20
Girls Weekday Mean 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.3
SE of the mean 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.06
Standard deviation 1.35 1.23 1.34 1.29
Median 3.0 3.5 3.3 3.0
% in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 24 31 32 24
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 29 19 17 27
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 26 30 25 26
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 22 20 25 23
Weekend Mean 4.5 4.6 4.6 4.5
SE of the mean 0.09 0.09 0.11 0.09
Standard deviation 1.88 1.95 1.95 2.02
Median 4.0 4.5 4.0 4.0
% in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 30 26 27 31
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 24 24 30 19
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 30 31 23 32
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 16 19 20 18
All children Weekday Mean 3.3 3.4 3.4 3.3
SE of the mean 0.05 0.04 0.05 0.04
Standard deviation 1.30 1.27 1.33 1.36
Median 3.0 3.5 3.0 3.0
% in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 25 30 35 26
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 29 19 17 27
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 25 28 25 24
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 21 23 24 23
Weekend Mean 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.6
SE of the mean 0.07 0.07 0.08 0.07
Standard deviation 1.96 1.93 2.04 2.07
Median 4.0 4.0 4.5 4.0
% in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 30 28 27 31
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 23 23 28 20
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 30 32 23 30
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 17 17 22 19
Bases Unweighted bases Boys weekday 592 621 651 873
Girls weekday 579 623 627 728
All children weekday 1171 1244 1278 1601
Boys weekend 597 627 655 871
Girls weekend 586 639 635 740
All children weekend 1183 1266 1290 1611
Weighted bases Boys weekday 582 616 654 845
Girls weekday 594 651 644 779
All children weekday 1176 1268 1297 1623
Boys weekend 586 625 660 846
Girls weekend 602 663 652 791
All children weekend 1187 1288 1312 1636

a Excludes those without a limiting illness or disability who said they were sedentary for > 14 hours a day.
The time series can only be compared back to 2015 due to changes in the derivation of the sedentary time variables in 2015


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