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Do children from an inner city British school meet the recommended levels of physical activity? Results from a cross sectional survey using objective measurements of physical activity
  1. T Trayers1,
  2. A R Cooper1,
  3. C J Riddoch2,
  4. A R Ness3,
  5. K R Fox1,
  6. R Deem4,
  7. D A Lawlor5
  1. 1Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Bristol, UK
  2. 2London Institute for Sport and Exercise, Middlesex University, UK
  3. 3Department of Community-based Medicine, University of Bristol, UK
  4. 4Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK
  5. 5Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Miss T Trayers
    Dept Exercise and Health Sciences, Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TP, UK; T.Trayers{at}


Questionnaire surveys suggest physical activity levels in children are low, particularly among children from deprived areas. Using accelerometers, it was found that children from a deprived inner city school were active at recommended levels and had similar levels of activity to children in other studies from more affluent populations. However, this finding was dependent on the threshold used to define moderate activity.

  • physical activity
  • accelerometers
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  • Funding: This study, including TT’s salary, is funded by the British Heart Foundation. DAL is funded by a (UK) Department of Health Career Scientist Award. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of any funding body

  • Competing interests: none

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