Jump to Girls play less energetically than boys 'because they prefer to chat' Girls tend to play less energetically than boys, because they are more interested in chatting, a new study shows.
Researchers warn that the trends last a lifetime and could lead to obesity. Researchers who followed the behaviour gilrs 10 and year-olds in their school playgrounds found that the girls tended to spend their time talking in small groups and socialising. By contrast, the boys were more likely to play in larger groups and to take part in games like football.
Dr Nicky Ridgers of Liverpool John Moores University, one of the co-authors of the research, said: "Our study shows that girls ggames boys play differently. Girls tend to spend time in smaller groups and engage in verbal games, conversation and socialising.
Most boys play in larger groups, which lend themselves more to physically active games, such as football. One third of children are overweight or obese by chaat time they reach the age of 11, official figures show.
Another study, also presented at the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine annual conference at the University of Exeter, shows that the trend for women to do less exercise continues into old age. Early findings show that men in their seventies are ificantly more active gamex women, mainly because they spend more time outside the home.
By contrast, the women tended to get most of their exercise performing chores around the house. Men accomplish more higher intensity physical activity than women and this seems to be explained by trips out of the house. However, there is evidence that they also sit down for longer periods in the day. Women do more lower intensity activity which probably represents daily tasks around the house.