Males are more active than females in virtually every age group. Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign was created in response to research showing lower physical activity among women. The campaign has inspired 2.8 million women to be more active since its launch in 2015. 4

At younger ages, Figure 14 shows the trend for boys to do slightly more sport than girls in both the 5-10 age group and the 11-15 age group, based on the national Taking Part survey in 2014/15. 5  This is consistent with findings from the 2012 Health Survey for England, which identified 21% of boys aged 5-15 and 16% of girls nationally to be meeting physical activity guidelines. 6

For children aged 5 to 10, 85 percent of boys and 77 percent of girls report taking part in sport. For children aged 11 to 15, 97 percent of boys and 93 percent of girls report taking part in sport.
Figure 14: Children and young people participating in sport in England over the preceding four weeks, by age and gender (2015)

Source: Taking Part survey (2014/15)

Notes: Confidence intervals not provided

In Hackney, whether we use the Active People Survey data or the Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey data, we can see that women are consistently less likely to be meeting recommended levels of physical activity than men (Figure 15). Please note, data from the two surveys are not strictly comparable due to different methods being used.

The Active People Survey reports 31 percent of men and 50 percent of women are not meeting physical activity recommendations. The Hackney resident Health and Wellbeing survey reports 23 percent of men and 29 percent of women not meeting physical activity guidelines.
Figure 15: Adults in Hackney reporting levels of physical activity that do not meet recommended levels (i.e. <150 mins per week), by gender (age 16+, 2015 )

Source: Active People Survey (2015) and Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey (2015)

Notes: Survey methods are not comparable between the Active People Survey and the Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey. Confidence intervals from the Active People Survey have been derived from assumed gender split of 50% male to female.

References

  1. Public Health England, “Health matters: getting every adult active every day,” 2016.
  2. Department for Culture, Media and Sport, “Taking Part 2014/15 Annual Child Report,” 2015
  3. Health and Social Care Information Centre, “Health Survey for England 2012: health, social care, and lifestyles,” 2012.
  4. Public Health England, “Health matters: getting every adult active every day,” 2016.
  5. Department for Culture, Media and Sport, “Taking Part 2014/15 Annual Child Report,” 2015
  6. Health and Social Care Information Centre, “Health Survey for England 2012: health, social care, and lifestyles,” 2012.