Why are girls less physically active than boys? Findings from the LOOK longitudinal study

Rohan TELFORD, Dick TELFORD, Tom COCHRANE, Rachel DAVEY

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Background: A gender-based disparity in physical activity (PA) among youth, whereby girls are less active than boys is a persistent finding in the literature. A greater understanding of the mechanisms underlying this difference has potential to guide PA intervention strategies. Methods: Data were collected at age 8 and 12 years (276 boys, 279 girls) from 29 schools as part of the LOOK study. Multilevel linear models were fitted separately for boys and girls to examine effects of individual, family and environmental level correlates on pedometer measured PA. Cardio-respiratory fitness (multi-stage run), percent fat (DEXA), eye-hand coordination (throw and catch test) and perceived competence in physical education (questionnaire) were used as individual level correlates. At the family level, parent's support and education (questionnaire) were used. School attended and extracurricular sport participation were included as environmental level correlates. Results: Girls were 19% less active than boys (9420 vs 11360 steps/day, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalPLoS One
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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