Taiwanese 15 and up found notably lacking in physical activity
Taiwanese people aged 15 and over are less likely to be physically active than the citizens of most members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ( OECD), an official with Taiwan's Health Promotion Administration said Tuesday.
Taiwan's citizens engage in less physical activity than people in the 24 OECD states for which data are available, said Yu Li-hui (
), deputy director-general of the administration, at a press conference at which her agency released a "Taiwan map of exercise."
The map, drawn up based on the results of a monitoring and surveillance survey on healthjeopardizing behaviors of Taiwanese people in 2014, reflects the number of people in Taiwan who do not get enough exercise based on World Health Organization (WHO) standards.
The survey found that 76 percent of those aged 15 or older do not do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise as recommended by the WHO, Yu said.
The figure tops Britain's 66.5 percent and Japan's 65.3 percent, Yu said, noting that the two countries are the OECD members with the highest percentage of people who are physically inactive.
In comparison, 43.2 percent of people in the United States, 30.4 percent of people in Germany and 20 percent of people in the Netherlands do not meet the WHO standard for physical activity, according to OECD data.
Five of the 29 OECD members — Chile, Iceland, Israel, South Korea and Switzerland — do not have national data on physical activity.