China Officially The World's Least Lazy Country
Can't knock their hustle!
A new study published by researchers at Stanford University ranks China as the least lazy country in the world.
Researchers tracked the walking activity of over 700,000 people in 46 countries around the world. The study was “1,000 times larger than any previous study on human movement” according to Scott Delp, professor of bioengineering at Stanford.
In China, (particularly those in Hong Kong grrr…) people averaged over 6,000 steps a day. Americans on the other hand placed slightly below the worldwide average of 4,961 steps. Surprise surprise…
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The researchers further investigated the relationship between the amount of steps walked per day and obesity rates in a given country. They found that the difference lied not directly in the total amount of walking, but more so in the variation in the amount of steps per day. In countries with less obesity, people tended to walk a similar amount every day with very little variation.
“If you think about some people in a country as ‘activity rich’ and others as ‘activity poor,’ the size of the gap between them is a strong indicator of obesity levels in that society,” Delp said.
Another factor that came into play was the location and size of each city. The researchers found that “in cities that are more walkable, everyone tends to take more daily steps, whether male or female, young or old, healthy weight or obese.”
The group at Stanford said this data could be used to help tackle the global problem of obesity, by planning cities to be more “walkable” in the near future.