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

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.

Economic situation – the basis for assessment is a conventional point score that is calculated on the basis of value of the family’s property provided by the child himself/herself (number of cars, computers, joint family holiday trips; does the child have his/her own room at home). The values of the score range from 0 to 9. The economic situation is bad: score 0-3; medium: score 4-5; good: score 6-9.

Unit: percent

Disaggregated by: academic year, physical activity, economic situation

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)

Physical activity and body mass index
Academic year Economic situation 5-7 days a week 1-4 days a week Physically inactive (not once)
2005/2006 Good 45,8 51,4 2,8
2005/2006 Average 37,8 58,7 3,5
2005/2006 Poor 35,3 59,8 4,9
2009/2010 Good 40,4 57,6 2
2009/2010 Average 33,5 62,8 3,7
2009/2010 Poor 29,5 65,2 5,3
2013/2014 Good - - -
2013/2014 Average - - -
2013/2014 Poor - - -