Table 6.10: Children's sedentary time, 2018, by age and sex

Base: Aged 2-15 2018
Sedentary leisure time in hoursa (TV & non-TV) Age Total
2-4 5-7 8-10 11-12 13-15
% % % % % %
Boys Weekday day sedentary leisure time hours - quartiles % in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 34 38 26 19 12 27
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 25 36 32 27 12 27
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 24 17 20 23 25 22
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 17 9 22 31 50 24
Weekday sedentary time (mean hours per day) Mean 3.0 2.8 3.2 3.5 4.3 3.3
SE of the mean 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.12 0.13 0.05
Standard deviation 1.30 1.18 1.26 1.29 1.60 1.40
Median 3.0 2.8 3.0 3.5 4.0 3.0
Weekend day sedentary leisure time hours - quartiles % in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 48 35 26 23 11 30
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 23 20 29 14 16 21
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 22 34 25 40 29 29
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 8 11 20 24 44 20
Weekend sedentary time (mean hours per day) Mean 3.7 4.2 4.6 5.1 6.0 4.6
SE of the mean 0.12 0.13 0.14 0.19 0.20 0.07
Standard deviation 1.72 1.77 1.97 2.11 2.34 2.11
Median 3.5 4.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 4.0
Girls Weekday day sedentary leisure time hours - quartiles % in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 37 27 23 19 7 24
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 29 33 32 19 14 27
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 22 23 27 32 30 26
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 12 17 18 29 50 23
Weekday sedentary time (mean hours per day) Mean 2.8 3.2 3.2 3.5 4.3 3.3
SE of the mean 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.12 0.12 0.05
Standard deviation 1.20 1.19 1.19 1.21 1.32 1.29
Median 2.8 3.0 3.0 3.5 4.0 3.0
Weekend day sedentary leisure time hours - quartiles % in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 54 29 24 28 17 31
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 18 26 15 19 13 19
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 21 30 45 28 35 32
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 6 15 16 25 35 18
Weekend sedentary time (mean hours per day) Mean 3.5 4.4 4.8 4.8 5.5 4.6
SE of the mean 0.14 0.13 0.14 0.20 0.19 0.07
Standard deviation 1.82 1.77 1.84 2.13 2.16 2.03
Median 3.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.5 4.3
All children Weekday day sedentary leisure time hours - quartiles % in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 36 33 25 19 10 26
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 27 34 32 23 13 27
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 23 20 23 28 27 24
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 14 13 20 30 50 23
Weekday sedentary time (mean hours per day) Mean 2.9 3.0 3.2 3.5 4.3 3.3
SE of the mean 0.07 0.06 0.06 0.08 0.09 0.03
Standard deviation 1.25 1.19 1.23 1.25 1.48 1.35
Median 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.5 4.0 3.0
Weekend day sedentary leisure time hours - quartiles % in bottom quartile (≤3.50) 51 32 25 25 14 31
% in second quartile (3.51-5.00) 21 23 22 16 15 20
% in third quartile (5.01-7.00) 21 32 34 34 32 30
% in top quartile (≥7.01) 7 13 18 24 39 19
Weekend sedentary time (mean hours per day) Mean 3.6 4.3 4.7 5.0 5.7 4.6
SE of the mean 0.09 0.09 0.10 0.14 0.14 0.05
Standard deviation 1.77 1.77 1.91 2.12 2.26 2.07
Median 3.0 4.0 4.5 5.0 6.0 4.0
Bases Unweighted bases Boys weekday 211 179 214 121 148 873
Girls weekday 189 183 161 93 102 728
All children weekday 400 362 375 214 250 1601
Boys weekend 213 180 213 123 142 871
Girls weekend 193 180 157 98 112 740
All children weekend 406 360 370 221 254 1611
Weighted bases Boys weekday 194 179 206 120 145 845
Girls weekday 172 193 182 111 120 779
All children weekday 366 372 389 232 265 1623
Boys weekend 196 181 206 122 141 846
Girls weekend 175 190 178 116 132 791
All children weekend 371 370 384 238 273 1636

a Excludes those without a limiting illness or disability who said they were sedentary for > 14 hours a day.


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