We, Filipinos, are a proud race. Anything that celebrates our race and heritage always makes the headlines. Boxing? We have Manny Pacquiao. Beauty pageants? Why, we have the most beautiful ladies because of our Spanish blood, never mind if it’s just 1/18 of our ancestry. But if you knew that the Philippines is ranked as the fourth laziest in the world, would you still smugly say, “Pinoy ako!”?
Damn right, you won’t. You’re admittedly lazy (sometimes), but you’re no legendary Juan Tamad! In a heartbeat, you’ll be choosing the next country to migrate to. But fret not, the definition of laziness in this study is quite different from what we know.
According to a Stanford University study, Filipinos are among the “activity poor” citizens, recording only an average of 4,008 daily steps. Was that a collective sigh of relief?
Using step-counters installed in smartphones, researchers utilized data to evaluate the walking activity of more than 700,000 individuals in 46 countries to determine the most active in the world. Nowadays, majority of the smartphones are equipped with sensors called accelerometers that capture stepping movements.
The completed study, published in the online edition of research journal, Nature, last July 2017, revealed that Hong Kong residents are the most active with 6,880 average steps a day. On the other hand, Indonesians only walked 3,513 steps a day, lower than the American daily average of 4,774 steps.
Scott Delp, a bioengineering professor and one of the researchers, told BBC that this is the largest study on human movement. He also noted the following:
“If you think about some people in a country as ‘activity rich’ and others as ‘activity poor,’ the size of the gap between them is a strong indicator of obesity levels in that society.”
Does this mean that there are more obese in Indonesia compared to America?
Well, not necessarily. Based on study results, obesity rates are not directly related to the number of steps. Rather, obesity rate is correlated to the gap between heavy walkers and those who walked little, dubbed as “activity inequality”.
Take the case of Sweden. According to Tim Althoff, one of the research proponents, the country has an average of 5,863 steps and with the lowest activity inequality gaps. Hence, Swedes have the lowest obesity rate among the countries studied.
The study in movement aims to boost public health campaigns against obesity, likewise highlighting the need to make cities more pedestrian-friendly and “walkable”. Based on the research, places that allow more walking activity, such as suburban settings, result in lower activity inequality gaps.
So it’s no surprise that Philippines was the fourth ‘laziest’ in the world. After all, who’d want to play patintero with jeeps and buses in the most hostile pedestrian lanes ever?
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SOURCE: THE FILIPINO TIMES | MSN | AOL