Physical activity in Irish school-children

A study of school children in the Republic of Ireland has found that few children met physical activity and screen time recommendations.

Data from the Cork Children’s Lifestyle study (CCLaS) was used. The study included 826 children aged 8 to 11 years old. Physical activity was measured over a 7 day period using accelerometers. Screen time was reported by parents.

Almost a quarter of children were overweight or obese. 22% of children met physical activity recommendations. 18% of children met screen time recommendations. Physical activity and screen time were significantly associated with overweight and obesity. Children with higher levels of physical activity had a lower risk of overweight and obesity.

For tips on reducing screen time and increasing physical activity take a look at our Childhood Obesity campaign.

Posted: 28/04/2017 14:27:17 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Child, Obesity, Overweight, Physical activity, Screen time


 

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