Table 1

Characteristics of Study Sample and Mean Level of Organized Sports Participation
Characteristics (missing data) N (%) Mean OSP1 (SD)
Sex (0)
 Male 6,460 (53) 505 (481)a t = 15.91, p < .001
 Female 5,728 (47) 373 (423)b
Age (0)
 12 370 (3) 425 (472) F = 1.90, p = .091
 13 2,726 (22) 442 (451)
 14 3,348 (28) 451 (460)
 15 2,928 (24) 457 (466)
 16 2,151 (18) 422 (460)
 17 665 (6) 431 (452)
SEP (0)
 Low 3,932 (32) 447 (473) F = 0.33, p = .718
 Medium 5,062 (42) 439 (459)
 High 3,194 (26) 443 (441)
Location (0)
 Rural/Remote 4,347 (36) 487 (447)a t = 7.76, p < .001
 Metropolitan 7,841 (64) 420 (446)b
Cultural Background (148)
 English 11,052 (91) 451 (459)c F = 17.96, p < .001
 European 208 (2) 508 (482)d
 Asian 703 (6) 312 (426)a
 Middle-Eastern 110 (1) 381 (503)b
 Other 97 (1) 544 (554)d
BMI Category (0)
 Underweight 587 (5) 322 (404)a F = 15.36, p < .001
 Healthy Weight 8,831 (72) 447 (456)b
 Overweight 2,219 (18) 464 (484)b
 Obese 551 (5) 432 (460)b
PA Guidelines (0)
 Meeting 1,872 (15) 769 (568)a t = 34.98, p < .001
 Not Meeting 10,316 (85) 435 (462)b
Screen-Based Entertainment Guidelines (38)
 Meeting 2,395 (20) 476 (449)a t = 3.85, p < .001
 Not Meeting 9,755 (80) 435 (462)b
Fruit and Vegetable Guidelines (79)
 Meeting 1,762 (15) 613 (528)a t = 17.09, p < .001
 Not Meeting 10,341 (85) 413 (440)b
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (116)
 Daily or more often 1,629 (13) 481 (507)a t = 3.65, p < .001
 Less than daily 10,443 (87) 436 (450)b
High-Fat Food (153)
 Weekly or more often 5,173 (43) 456 (475)a t = 2.80, p = .005
 Less than weekly 6,863 (57) 432 (445)b

Note. 1OSP = Organised Sports Participation and is reported in minutes per week, abc represents significant differences between groups a, b, c and d.

Vella et al.

Vella et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2013 10:113   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-10-113

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