Do you live in the world’s laziest country?

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Do you live in the world’s laziest country?
Tim Althoff, one of the researchers, said: “For instance, Sweden had one of the smallest gaps between activity rich
and activity poor… it also had one of the lowest rates of obesity.”
The key ingredient was “activity inequality” – it’s like wealth inequality, except instead of the difference between rich
and poor, it’s the difference between the fittest and laziest.
Jure Leskovec, also part of the research team, said: “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 smartphone data showed that cities like New York and San Francisco were pedestrian friendly and had “high walkability”.
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US scientists have amassed “planetary-scale” data from peoples’ smartphones to see how active we really are.
In countries like Japan – with low obesity and low inequality – men and women exercised to similar degrees.
The United States and Mexico both have similar average steps, but the US has higher activity inequality and obesity levels.
The Stanford team say the findings help explain global patterns of obesity and give new ideas for tackling it.
Scott Delp, a professor of bioengineering and one of the researchers, said:
“The study is 1,000 times larger than any previous study on human movement.


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