Study shows poorer children miss out on sport
13 December 2019
When it comes to getting enough exercise, wealthier children are beating their poorer classmates, research from Sport England suggests.
Only about two in five children (42%) from low-income homes do the recommended 60 minutes' exercise a day.
But this rises to 54% for children from better-off homes, a survey of more than 130,000 five- to 16-year-olds suggests.
"Significant inequalities remain in the areas of family affluence, gender and race," Sport England says.
Children from more affluent homes also enjoy exercise more, the online survey of 132,835 children and 4,480 parents indicates, with 43% of those from poor homes saying they enjoyed being active, compared with 59% of those from wealthy families.
There is also an exercise gender gap, the researchers say, with about half of boys but only two in five girls meeting the recommended minimum for sport and exercise.