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Table 2 Variety and Frequency of activities stratified by population subgroups

From: More of the same or a change of scenery: an observational study of variety and frequency of physical activity in British children

  Variety Frequency
  Mean ± sd P-value Mean ± sd P-value
Overall 10.8 ± 5.0   24.2 ± 15.0  
Most vs. Least active*     
 Bottom 10% 9.9 ± 4.7 Ref 21.0 ±12.7 Ref
 Top 10% 11.7 ± 5.2 0.002 27.2 ± 14.8 <0.001
Sex     
 Boys 10.4 ± 5.2 Ref 23.8 ±15.0 Ref
 Girls 11.1 ± 4.9 0.011 24.6 ±15.0 0.299
Location†     
 Rural 10.5 ± 4.7 Ref 23.4 ± 13.8 Ref
 Suburban 11.1 ± 5.3 0.098 24.7 ± 15.6 0.155
 Urban 10.8 ± 5.1 0.593 22.5 ± 14.0 0.413
Weight status     
 Non-overweight 10.8 ± 5.1 Ref 24.1 ± 15.2 Ref
 Overweight/obese 10.8 ± 4.6 0.893 24.6 ± 14.6 0.522
Activity status     
 Not meeting government PA guidelines 10.4 ± 4.8 Ref 22.8 ± 14.4 Ref
 Meeting government PA guidelines 11.0 ± 5.1 0.048 24.8 ± 15.3 0.009
Parent/guardian education level     
 GCSE or lower 10.8 ± 5.0 Ref 24.5 ± 15.0 Ref
 A-level or lower vocational 10.9 ± 5.2 0.710 24.8 ± 15.5 0.737
 University degree or higher vocational 10.4 ± 4.7 0.210 22.5 ± 14.0 0.047
  1. Data are presented as mean ± standard deviation.
  2. Ref is the reference category.
  3. Differences in Variety or Frequency between population strata (p–values presented in Table 2) were tested for using multilevel linear regression.
  4. *comparison between the most (top 10% n = 170) and least (bottom 10% n = 170) active children based on number of minutes spent in MVPA.
  5. †31 participants included in the main analysis had missing data for location, the descriptive characteristics presented in Table 2 for location are based on the 1669 participants (936 girls, 733 boys) with data available.
  6. PA physical activity, GCSE general certificate of secondary education.