According to a recent study, China is full of the least lazy people on planet Earth.
The study, conducted by researchers at Stanford University and published last week in Nature, analyzed the smartphone data of more than 700,000 people in 42 countries and regions across the globe, finding that people in China walk an average of 6189 steps a day, the highest amount of any country surveyed.
That number is even higher in Hong Kong where residents average 6880 steps daily.
Compare those statistics to those from countries like Indonesia (3513 steps) or India (4297 steps) and it might seem a bit hard to believe that China has such problems with obesity.
But, as the researchers told the BBC, the average number of steps taken daily in a country does not appear to be a good predictor of obesity levels. Instead, researchers say that you should look at a country’s “activity inequality” — the difference between the fittest and laziest of its citizens. The bigger that inequality is, the higher the rates of obesity.
And much like its wealth inequality, China also appears to be suffering from rising rates of “activity inequality” in recent years.
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