Have you ever wondered what it would be like to know which was the laziest country in the world? For most of us, the notion never crossed our minds. Fear not if you don’t know the answer, for U.S. scientists have already conducted an extensive study on the subject and the results are enlightening.
The Stanford University Researchers accumulated Accelerometer data from 700,000 smart phones through the Argus monitoring app to find the laziest country in the world.
The analysis of data had to done from 68 million days.
The results show that the average Global Daily steps are 4961. Hong Kong topped at the list with an average of over 6880 steps a day while Indonesia was placed in the last with an average of 3513 steps a day.
It has been published in the research journal Nature. It gives an important insight into people’s health along with the facts about obesity and factors contributing towards it.
Researcher Scott Delp, Professor of Bioengineering said;
“The study is 1,000 times larger than any previous study on human movement.There have been wonderful health surveys done, but our new study provides data from more countries, many more subjects, and tracks people’s activity on an ongoing basis”.
“This opens the door to new ways of doing science at a much larger scale than we have been able to do before.”
The research states that the number of steps a person takes is directly associated with the obesity levels. The activity inequality is behind higher levels of obesity. The difference between the fittest and laziest country is directly associated with obesity levels.
There’s higher level of obesity in US as compared to Mexico due to activity inequality. Similarly, men and women show different levels of activity inequality thus leading to the difference in obesity levels. The study is quite conclusive since it follows up with demographics.
Jure Leskovec, another researcher says that;
“When activity inequality is greatest, women’s activity is reduced much more dramatically than men’s activity, and thus the negative connections to obesity can affect women more greatly.”
The researchers hope that the study will open up doorway into examining and overcoming obesity.