Background: Parents could be important influences on child physical activity and parents are often encouraged to be more active with their child. This paper examined the association between parent and child physical activity and sedentary time in a UK cohort of children assessed when the children were in Year 1 (5-6years old) and in Year 4 (8-9years old). Methods: One thousand two hundred twenty three children and parents provided data in Year 4 and of these 685 participated in Year 1. Children and parents wore an accelerometer for five days including a weekend. Mean minutes of sedentary time and moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) were derived. Multiple imputation was used to impute all missing data and create complete datasets. Linear regression models examined whether parent MVPA and sedentary time at Year 4 and at Year 1 predicted child MVPA and sedentary time at Year 4. Change in parent MVPA and sedentary time was used to predict change in child MVPA and sedentary time between Year 1 and Year 4. Results: Imputed data showed that at Year 4, female parent sedentary time was associated with child sedentary time (0.13, 95% CI=0.00 to 0.27 mins/day), with a similar association for male parents (0.15, 95% CI=-0.02 to 0.32 mins/day). Female parent and child MVPA at Year 4 were associated (0.16, 95% CI=0.08 to 0.23 mins/day) with a smaller association for male parents (0.08, 95% CI=-0.01 to 0.17 mins/day). There was little evidence that either male or female parent MVPA at Year 1 predicted child MVPA at Year 4 with similar associations for sedentary time. There was little evidence that change in parent MVPA or sedentary time predicted change in child MVPA or sedentary time respectively. Conclusions: Parents who were more physically active when their child was 8-9years old had a child who was more active, but the magnitude of association was generally small. There was little evidence that parental activity from three years earlier predicted child activity at age 8-9, or that change in parent activity predicted change in child activity.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Aug 2017|
- Children, Cohort, Parents, Physical activity, Sedentary behavior