Which country is the laziest? The answer may surprise you

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Most assume we North Americans are a lazy bunch.

Maybe we are.

But, hey, we aren’t the laziest!

Data compiled by Stanford University shows those living in Indonesia appear to be the laziest based on the average number of steps residents take.

Residents in China can claim to be the fittest, walking an average of 6,880 steps per day, while those in Indonesia walked an average of 3,513 steps per day.

Americans don’t fare much better, with only 4,774 steps.

Researchers looked at data from more than 700,000 smartphones to see how many steps people from around the world take using information from the activity monitoring app Argus.

“The study is 1,000 times larger than any previous study on human movement,” researcher Scott Delp told the BBC. “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.”

There were a number of countries – including Canada, Australia and New Zealand – that fell below the average – 4,961 steps.

Researchers noted there were a number of countries with “activity inequality” – a gap between the fittest and laziest people. The bigger the activity inequality, the higher the rates of obesity.

They also found, unsurprisingly, that people walked more in places where it was easier to walk, like New York.

The research team said their findings help explain global patterns of obesity and can help create new ideas for tackling it. 

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