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The lifestyles of affluent young people ages 9 to 15 years: a case study

Sleap, Mike; Elliott, Barbara; Paisi, Martha; Reed, Helen


Mike Sleap

Barbara Elliott

Martha Paisi

Helen Reed


There are concerns about the future health of young people due to inactive lifestyles. However, evidence about their physical activity levels is not extensive, especially with regard to affluent young people. This study aimed to investigate whether young people from affluent backgrounds met public health recommendations for physical activity.

Diary accounts of lifestyle activity were collected from 219 students ages 9 to 15 years attending a fee-paying school in England.

Pupils spent an average of 121 minutes per day participating in physical activities of at least moderate intensity, considerably more than public health recommendations of 60 minutes per day. However, almost a quarter of these young people engaged in less than 60 minutes of physical activity per day of at least moderate intensity.

The picture to emerge was one of a balance between sedentary pursuits such as television and homework and physical activities such as sport and active play.


Sleap, M., Elliott, B., Paisi, M., & Reed, H. (2007). The lifestyles of affluent young people ages 9 to 15 years: a case study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 4(4), 460-469.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2007
Publication Date Oct 1, 2007
Journal Journal of Physical Activity and Health
Print ISSN 1543-3080
Publisher Human Kinetics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 4
Pages 460-469
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