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Parental Activity Levels verses their Children's Activity Levels. Aaron Limmer. Purpose of the Study?. The purpose of this research was to find a link between parental attitudes on physical activity levels and the attitudes and physical activity levels of their children.

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Parental activity levels verses their children s activity levels

Parental Activity Levels verses their Children's Activity Levels

Aaron Limmer


Purpose of the study

Purpose of the Study?

The purpose of this research was to find a link between parental attitudes on physical activity levels and the attitudes and physical activity levels of their children.


Purpose of this presentation

Purpose of this Presentation?

The purpose of this presentation is to explain so that you may understand with words, data, and graphs on the main aspects of this research project, and to explore some of the more intriguing discoveries that this data might imply.


Major aspects of my research

Major aspects of my research?

110 Participants total.

The majority of my data was given from 19-22 year old students. (Mode: 20)

91.8% of my data was given from students with the ethnicity of white, 1.8% African American, 1.8% Asian, 4.5% Other.


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88.2% of participants had parents who were married between the ages of 10-14.

9.1% of participants had divorced parents between the ages of 10-14.

2.7% had both married and divorced between the ages of 10-14.

3.6% had a single parent between the ages of 10-14.


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Next, I asked if their parents were active in high school or college.

I wished to know if their parents held a previous history of physical activity.


Parental activity levels verses their children s activity levels

70.0% Yes

30.0% No


Parental activity levels verses their children s activity levels

55.5% Yes

44.5% No


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Results?

The greater majority of fathers were physically active in their high school and college careers.

A slight majority of mothers were physically active in high school or college

The majority of parents had a physically active past.


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Next, I wanted to analyze the current physical activity of the same group of parents.

I wished to see if having a physically active past meant having physically active future for the parents.


Parental activity levels verses their children s activity levels

41.8% Yes

58.2% No


Parental activity levels verses their children s activity levels

50.9% Yes

49.1% No


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Major aspects continued

The majority of fathers currently are not physically active.

A very slight majority of mothers are currently active.


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Why is that interesting? Well if you look back on the data, fathers had a large majority of being active in high school and college, while mothers only had a slight majority.


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The data suggests that the physical activity levels of fathers gradually decay over time, while the mothers activity levels remain more plateaued throughout their life.


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Next, I analyzed the current physical status of the parents and the child.

**From the child’s perspective**


Parental activity levels verses their children s activity levels

30.3% Yes

69.7% No


Parental activity levels verses their children s activity levels

36.7% Yes

63.3% No


Parental activity levels verses their children s activity levels

11.0% Yes

89.0% No


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Major aspects continued

The majority of children did not think that either of their parents were overweight, although slightly more likely to think that their mother was overweight.

The vast majority of children do not think that they are overweight.


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What does this mean?

It means that even though mothers activity levels are currently higher then the fathers, they are more likely to be considered by their children to be overweight.


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You would think that more children would consider their fathers to be overweight since they are currently less active then their mothers.

However that is not the case.


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The data does not seem to indicate that having overweight parents increases or decreases the chance of having an overweight child in college.

*In the child’s perspective at least*

** Remember, sometimes self perception is different than actuality (ex. Anorexia)**


Parental activity levels verses their children s activity levels

89.9% Yes

10.1% No


Parental activity levels verses their children s activity levels

53.2% Yes

46.8% No


Final thoughts

Final Thoughts

The huge majority of parents encouraged sports for their children growing up, which means the majority most likely did participate at increased physical activity levels.

Even though the majority participated at increased activity levels in their youth, only a slight majority increased their activity into college. ( 79.8%>6.4%)


Final thoughts1

Final Thoughts

This implies that children's physical activity levels acutely decay from adolescence (4th grade-8th grade) to college. Much like fathers activities levels decay over time as well.

But, decay of activity level does not imply that they become overweight (the child), because metabolism is still high in young adults as it isn't in older fathers and mothers.


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Final aspect analysis cont.

However, the data does suggest (albeit lightly) that children do model their physical activity after their fathers.

The data suggests that if given enough time, children's activity levels gradually decrease into young adulthood, and probably into full status adult hood (25+).


Final thoughts2

Final Thoughts

Also, it seems that having a previous history of physical activity does seem to encourage future physical activity at least into young adulthood, but not for aging fathers, who seem to have high early activity levels, but fall into steep decrease as they age.


Final thoughts3

Final Thoughts

Mothers maintain the most consistency, with physical activity levels averaging slightly above in majority.

However, the children still perceive their mothers to more likely be overweight.


Most interesting data collected

Most interesting data collected?

The most interesting finding from my research suggests that children are more likely to think that their mothers are overweight, even though they perceive their fathers to be less active.

How does this influence the child?


Things to remember

Things to remember?

This data is suggestive mostly for the White ethnic population, with parents who were married growing up, ages 19-22.

Other ethnic populations, divorced parents, older/younger test groups might suggest this same data different conclusions.


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