The World’s Most And Least Active Countries
Using people’s smartphones, scientists at Stanford University have collected data on a “planetary-scale” in order to determine how active we really are. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare recommends a person walk 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day while the UK’s National Obesity Forum would consider somebody walking 7,000 to 10,000 steps moderately active.
Stanford’s scientists analyzed 68 million days’ worth of data, finding that the average number of steps taken around the globe was 4,961, far short of the recommendations above. Hong Kong came first overall, averaging 6,880 steps a day while Indonesia came last, averaging just 3,513.
The infographic below provides an overview of some of the major countries included in the research, with Chinese people taking an average of 6,189 steps a day, slightly ahead of Japan’s 6,019. Americans tend to be far less active, only managing an average of 4,774. That’s still just ahead of India where the step count comes to 4,297. Most smartphones have an accelerometer that can record steps and the scientists collected data from 700,000 people who used the Argus activity-monitoring app.