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Table 2 Active play, television, and computer time by gender and age category*

From: Active play and screen time in US children aged 4 to 11 years in relation to sociodemographic and weight status characteristics: a nationally representative cross-sectional analysis

  Age category
  4 to 11 years overall 4–5 years 6–8 years 9–11 years
  Boys
n § 1442 375 528 539
Active Play (times per week) † 7 (5, 7) 7 (5, 7) 7 (5, 7) 7 (5, 7)
Active Play (times per week)** 7.0 (6.5 – 7.4) 6.9 (6.3 – 7.4) 6.9 (6.5 – 7.3) 7.1 (6.0 – 8.1)
Television (hours per day)** 2.3 (2.2 – 2.5) 2.3 (2.0 – 2.5) 2.2 (2.0 – 2.4) 2.4 (2.2–2.6)
Computer/video games (hours per day)** 0.9 (0.9 – 1.0) 0.7 (0.6 – 0.8) 0.8 (0.8 – 0.9) 1.2 (1.0 – 1.4)
  Girls
n § 1522 402 581 539
Active Play (times per week) † 7 (4, 7) 7 (5, 7) 7 (4, 7) 6 (3, 7)
Active Play (times per week)** 6.4 (5.8 – 7.0) 7.3 (6.2 – 8.3) 6.2 (5.7 – 6.7) 6.2 (5.4 – 6.9)
Television (hours per day)** 2.2 (2.1 – 2.3) 2.2 (2.0 – 2.3) 2.1 (1.9 – 2.3) 2.4 (2.2 – 2.5)
Computer/video games (hours per day)** 0.7 (0.7 – 0.8) 0.6 (0.5 – 0.7) 0.7 (0.6 – 0.8) 0.8 (0.7 – 0.9)
  1. *Parent (proxy) report of the number of times per week children were reported to play or exercise hard enough to sweat or breathe hard (active play), daily hours of television watching, and computer/video for boys and girls by age category in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001–2004. Estimates are weighted to be representative of US children age 4 to 11 years.
  2. ‡ Age at last birthday
  3. § n = unweighted sample size
  4. † Median (25th percentile, 75th percentile)
  5. ** Mean (95% Confidence Interval) calculated accounting for complex survey design