Health » Physical activity and body mass index: Physical activity of school-age children by nationality

The number of days during last 7 days when school-age (11, 13, 15 y. o.) children were physically active for at least 60 minutes.

Age groups are formed on the basis of forms 5, 7 and 9. The majority of students of these forms are 11...12, 13...14 or 15...16 years old. However, the research must also include the students who are repeating the year. As a prerequisite, 90% of the students must be of ±6 months the mean age of their age group, the remaining 10% must not be over the mean age of more than 12 months. The specification into age groups of 11, 13 and 15 years is in a way conditional because the cleaned files include also 12, 14 and 16 year old students in a certain amount.

Physical activities – all activities that accelerate heart beat and make people gasp for a while. Going in for sports, physical activity lessons, playing with friends or walking to school may be considered as physical activities. Other examples of physical activities are also running, fast walk, skateboarding, bicycling, dancing, skating, swimming, playing football or basketball.

Unit: percent

Disaggregated by: academic year, physical activity, nationality

Note: 2005/2006 academic year data is weighted. 2009/2010 academic year data is unweighted, but is representative.

Source: National Institute of Health Development, Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC)

Ethnic nationality
Physical activity and body mass index Academic year Estonian Non-estonian
5-7 days a week 2005/2006 39,1 43,1
5-7 days a week 2009/2010 35,2 35,2
1-4 days a week 2005/2006 57,1 54
1-4 days a week 2009/2010 61,9 59,3
Physically inactive (not once) 2005/2006 3,8 3
Physically inactive (not once) 2009/2010 2,9 5,5