Children’s After-School Activity: Associations with Weight Status and Family Circumstance

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Kylie Hesketh
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This study investigated children’s after-school activity and associations with body mass index (BMI) and family circumstance. One thousand two hundred thirty-four parents and 854 children (age 8–13 years) completed activity diaries for the 2 hours after school. Parents reported children as more active than children reported themselves. Boys were reported to be more active than girls. Activity levels were generally not associated with BMI or family circumstance with the exception of cultural background. Parent-reported mean child METs were higher for mothers born in Australia (3.3 vs. 3.0; p = .02). Child-reported mean METs were higher for fathers born in Australia (2.9 vs. 2.6; p = .04) and where English was their main language (2.9 vs. 2.3, p = .003).

Hesketh is with the School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood VIC 3125, Australia. Graham and Waters are with the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Burwood VIC 3125, Australia.

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