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Stanford research: US one of the laziest countries

  • Published at 01:29 pm July 13th, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:31 pm July 13th, 2017
Stanford research: US one of the laziest countries
A research done by Stanford University has marked the United States as one of the "laziest countries of the world" where makes countless citizens are obese due to not being in the habit of walking. Stanford University researchers conducted the study on 700,000 people of 46 different countries by installing step-counters in smartphones to track down their steps, reports the USA Today. Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Scott Delp, who co-led the research, told the BBC: “This study is 1,000 times larger than any previous study [done] on human movement.” According to the study, the citizens of China, particularly those from Hong Kong, are "least lazy in the world" as they walk 6,880 steps a day on average. Meanwhile, Indonesia ended up being the worst nation in the study with an average of 3,513 steps a day. The study says, a person walks 4,961 steps a day on average worldwide -- where Americans have an average of 4,774 steps. People took similar number of steps everyday where obesity rate was less, the researchers told the USA Today. In nations with higher rates of obesity, there were larger gaps between those who walked a lot and those who walked very little. A researcher, Tim Althoff, said a Swede takes 5,863 steps a day on average. Sweden had one of the smallest activity inequality gaps  and “it also had one of the lowest rates of obesity,” he added. Jennifer Hicks, another researcher in the study, told the Stanford news site that they examined three cities - San Francisco, San Jose and Fremont near the university. They found that San Francisco held both the highest walkability score and the lowest level of activity inequality.
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