Tai­wanese 15 and up found no­tably lack­ing in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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