Results of the Growing Up in Ireland Infant Cohort Study

The Economic and Social Research Institute have published the latest findings from the Growing Up in Ireland Infant Cohort study which focuses on children aged 7 / 8 years.

The main findings from the study include:

  • The most popular play activity was reading. 35% report doing this every day. Other popular play activities included "Make believe" games, dance, music and movement. Additionally, 85% played games with lots of running at least 1 to 2 times a week. 
  • More than 2 hours of screen-time was reported per day for 57% of children during the week. At the weekend screen-time increased with 72% spending more than 2 hours on screen-based activities.
  • The quality of children’s diets was linked to family social class. 36% of children from families in the most socially disadvantaged group had a low dietary quality compared to 17% of children from a higher social class background.
  • Children whose mothers who had higher levels of education were more likely to consume fruit and less likely to consume chips.
  • 15% of children were reported to be overweight and a further 5% obese. Overweight and obesity was more prevalent among those in the lowest income groups.
  • Levels of overweight and obesity remained stable between 5 years of age and 7 years of age.

If you would like to read more on how to keep your child healthy and active take a look at our START campaign for lots of tips and recipes.

Posted: 08/11/2017 15:24:46 by Sarah Cassidy
Filed under: activity, fruit, obesity, overweight, screen time


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