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Table 1 Total number and percentage of children participating in the ASHFS by age, school type, socioeconomic status (SES), weight status, parental exercise and number of sports played

From: Parental exercise is associated with Australian children's extracurricular sports participation and cardiorespiratory fitness: A cross-sectional study

  Boys (N = 3,256) Girls (N = 3,158)
  n % n %
Age     
   9 476 14.6 482 15.3
   10 479 14.7 489 15.5
   11 473 14.5 475 15.0
   12 473 14.5 479 15.2
   13 454 13.9 426 13.5
   14 453 13.9 400 12.7
   15 448 13.8 407 12.9
School Type     
   Government 2,403 73.8 2,335 73.9
   Catholic 655 20.1 677 21.4
   Independent 198 6.1 146 4.6
SES     
   Low 310 9.7 272 8.8
   Medium-low 1,230 38.5 1,197 38.6
   Medium-high 914 28.6 886 28.6
   High 742 23.2 748 24.1
Weight status*     
   Under/acceptable weight 2,899 89.0 2,778 88.0
   Overweight 301 9.2 335 10.6
   Obese 56 1.7 45 1.4
Parental Exercise     
   Both parents active 553 18.4 630 21.5
   Mother active only 518 17.3 537 18.3
   Father active only 627 20.9 565 19.3
   Both parents inactive 1,303 43.4 1,196 40.9
   Incomplete data 255 7.8 230 7.3
Number of sports     
   0 sport 184 5.7 230 7.3
   1 sport 586 18.0 691 21.9
   2 sports 881 27.1 857 27.1
   3 sports 740 22.7 658 20.8
   4 sports 484 14.9 404 12.8
   5 sports 235 7.2 187 5.9
   6 sports 146 4.5 131 4.2
  1. * Cut-off points for BMI in childhood based on international data linked to the widely accepted adult cut-off points for overweight (BMI 25.0–29.9 kg/m2) and obesity (≥ 30.0 kg/m2) [42]
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