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M.S.F
Aug 8th, 2012, 02:54 AM
In-time for the 2012 London Olympics, British medical magazine – The Lancet has conducted a series of studies for over 122 countries by medical journal to reveal the ones with the highest levels of inactivity in the world – in other words, which nation is the laziest in the world. The researchers concluded that a lack of exercise is now a leading cause of death, a third of people across the world do not meet the minimum activity recommendations (which is generally about 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week).

The researchers point out that the publication of the studies at the time of the summer Olympics is not a coincidence. Although the world will be watching elite athletes from many countries compete in sporting events requiring tremendous training, skill, and fitness, most spectators will be quite inactive. They hope that the timing of the series, along with Olympic excitement, will give people a push into more physical action. Here’s the countdown:

20- Bhutan: 52.3% inactive

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19 – South Africa: 52.4% inactive

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18 – Ireland: 53.2% inactive

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17 – Italy: 54.7% inactive

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16 – Cyprus: 55.4% inactive

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15- Turkey: 56.0% inactive

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14 – Iraq: 58.4% inactive

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13 – Namibia: 58.5% inactive

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12 – Dominican Republic: 60.0% inactive

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11 – Japan: 60.2% inactive

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10 – Malaysia: 61.4% inactive

http://harismibrahim.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/at-pas-hq3.jpg?w=594


9 – United Arab Emirates: 62.5% inactive

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8 – Britain: 63.3% inactive

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7 – Kuwait: 64.5% inactive

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6 – Micronesia: 66.3% inactive

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5 – Argentina: 68.3% inactive

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4 – Serbia: 68.3% inactive

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3 – Saudi Arabia: 68.8% inactive

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2 – Swaziland: 69.0% inactive

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1 – Malta: 71.9% inactive

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The U.S.A came in at the 46th spot with just over 40 percent of the population being labeled inactive. Greece was the most active with only about 15% of their population not meeting the standards.

Do you get adequate daily exercise?

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http://urbanpeek.com/2012/08/02/top-20-worlds-laziest-countries/

pov
Aug 8th, 2012, 03:01 AM
So let me get this straight - someone who works 60+ hours at a tough job but doesn't exercise is lazy? :facepalm:

BTW I'm proudly and happily lazy and I do lots of things that many term exercise. I like to run, do yoga, tennis, soccer, etc . .

ranfurly
Aug 8th, 2012, 03:05 AM
Wheres those bloody Samoans and Tongans?

laziest shits around!

M.S.F
Aug 8th, 2012, 03:07 AM
So let me get this straight - someone who works 60+ hours at a tough job but doesn't exercise is lazy? :facepalm:

Yes just like surfing the internet or playing video games for hours because you are not moving your body or in other word "exercising" and it's not about productivity at all.

KournikovaFan91
Aug 8th, 2012, 03:08 AM
Wheres those bloody Samoans and Tongans?

laziest shits around!

:lol:

They turn out some hot men from time to time though :lol: Well I thought so anyway :p

pov
Aug 8th, 2012, 03:15 AM
Yes just like surfing the internet or playing video games for hours because you are not moving your body or in other word "exercising" and it's not about productivity at all.
Uhh . . no. Get a clue. That's both stupid and a misuse of the word. As is the recent equating of the term "active" with exercise. Maybe some see it as a way to motivate people but the term has a negative connotation and it's doing a disservice to many hard-working people. Even "most inactive" would have made some sense. And wtf does surfing the internet or playing vids have to do with people who work long hours at tough jobs?

ranfurly
Aug 8th, 2012, 03:18 AM
:lol:

They turn out some hot men from time to time though :lol: Well I thought so anyway :p

Yeah, just look at the league and rugby players, built like tanks! I swear, when I was at the Pakuranga Night Markets I was surrounded by more beef than a fucking freezing works!

usualyl they stop palying rugby then turn into fat pricks anyway, then they age like the Scandanavians, beautiful when they are young, then turn into butter faces as they turn older!

M.S.F
Aug 8th, 2012, 03:41 AM
Uhh . . no. Get a clue. That's both stupid and a misuse of the word. As is the recent equating of the term "active" with exercise. Maybe some see it as a way to motivate people but the term has a negative connotation and it's doing a disservice to many hard-working people. Even "most inactive" would have made some sense. And wtf does surfing the internet or playing vids have to do with people who work long hours at tough jobs?

I was thinking more about working in an office for long hours.
But you probably mean something like construction workers with tough jobs.
They obviously had complicated standards for the study and as you can see they asked at the end about having adequate daily exercise.

McPie
Aug 8th, 2012, 03:48 AM
no THA in top 20 :p

M.S.F
Aug 8th, 2012, 03:56 AM
I'm surprised about the USA with all the stereotypes. They still wrote about it :lol:

pierce85
Aug 8th, 2012, 07:12 AM
Greece the least lazy country in the world, now that's a shocker

ranfurly
Aug 8th, 2012, 08:39 AM
Greece the least lazy country in the world, now that's a shocker

Why work when you can borrow :lol:

Just Do It
Aug 8th, 2012, 08:51 AM
Where is Montenegro? :shrug:

Valanga
Aug 8th, 2012, 10:31 AM
Where is Spain?

HawkAussie
Aug 8th, 2012, 10:35 AM
Where is Australia?

Brena
Aug 8th, 2012, 10:50 AM
Where is Montenegro? :shrug:

:rolls:

What a retarded list. In some of these countries percentages of unemployment and people who live in poverty or on the brink of poverty are very high. So, you may have nothing to eat but that's not an excuse not to hit the gym?
People dying because they ''don't exercise enough'' is a much bigger problem on this planet than people dying from poverty and hunger? :weirdo: I mean, just look at this lazy ass from Haiti, I bet she hasn't gone for a jog or to a pilates class in her life!

http://dearabbylee.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/haitislum2.jpg

Or how about this lady from Serbia? I can't believe she's managed to reach her age with such a lazy, unhealthy lifestyle.

http://bktvnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/205.jpg

pierce85
Aug 8th, 2012, 11:10 AM
Why work when you can borrow :lol:

I think you missed the word least :lol:

The Witch-king
Aug 8th, 2012, 11:11 AM
Wheres those bloody Samoans and Tongans?

laziest shits around!

Wow you are so vulgar!

You need Jesus.

:rolls:

What a retarded list. In some of these countries percentages of unemployment and people who live in poverty or on the brink of poverty are very high. So, you may have nothing to eat but that's not an excuse not to hit the gym?
People dying because they ''don't exercise enough'' is a much bigger problem on this planet than people dying from poverty and hunger? :weirdo: I mean, just look at this lazy ass from Haiti, I bet she hasn't gone for a jog or to a pilates class in her life!

http://dearabbylee.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/haitislum2.jpg
Where does it say "activity" is limited to going to a gym?
Doing stuff like riding a bike, digging in a field, walking long distances and certain physical labour involved in cooking/cleaning/household chores, which is stuff people in third world countries like the one you gave an example of, also constitutes activity IMO...

Brena
Aug 8th, 2012, 11:30 AM
Where does it say "activity" is limited to going to a gym?
Doing stuff like riding a bike, digging in a field, walking long distances and certain physical labour involved in cooking/cleaning/household chores, which is stuff people in third world countries like the one you gave an example of, also constitutes activity IMO...

Of course it does, but that's obviously not the kind of activity this list's author had in mind. because, it would mean that 50-70% of people in the listed countries spend their lives sitting/lying down and staring at the ceiling.
That's exactly why I find it so stupid.

The Witch-king
Aug 8th, 2012, 11:52 AM
Of course it does, but that's obviously not the kind of activity this list's author had in mind. because, it would mean that 50-70% of people in the listed countries spend their lives sitting/lying down and staring at the ceiling.
That's exactly why I find it so stupid.
This is what is written in the OP:

The researchers concluded that a lack of exercise is now a leading cause of death, a third of people across the world do not meet the minimum activity recommendations (which is generally about 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week).

I thought that "inactivity" in this case referred to less than "2.5 hours of moderate activity" as opposed to doing absolutely nothing with your body.

Brena
Aug 8th, 2012, 12:06 PM
This is what is written in the OP:

The researchers concluded that a lack of exercise is now a leading cause of death, a third of people across the world do not meet the minimum activity recommendations (which is generally about 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week).

I thought that "inactivity" in this case referred to less than "2.5 hours of moderate activity" as opposed to doing absolutely nothing with your body.

I get what you mean, but I still don't think it's possible for such enormous percentages of people to be completely physically inactive for 22 hours per day. That would mean that 50-70% of people in these countries are: 1)insane and 2) live in a welfare paradise where they can survive without doing any kind of work.

ElusiveChanteuse
Aug 8th, 2012, 12:25 PM
#10:cheer:

Mr.Sharapova
Aug 8th, 2012, 01:01 PM
Where is Montenegro? :shrug:

That's what I was thinking :lol:, where the hell is Montenegro in this list :angel:??

The Witch-king
Aug 8th, 2012, 02:42 PM
I get what you mean, but I still don't think it's possible for such enormous percentages of people to be completely physically inactive for 22 hours per day. That would mean that 50-70% of people in these countries are: 1)insane and 2) live in a welfare paradise where they can survive without doing any kind of work.

Perhaps you are right. Now that I think about it they do seem like really huge percentages. Fortunately, I usually take these lists with a grain of salt, anyway.

Super Dave
Aug 8th, 2012, 03:44 PM
Shocked at USA not being on the list. The other 45 should wallow in shame to have beaten us out.

LoveFifteen
Aug 8th, 2012, 06:09 PM
This hardly means these are the world's laziest countries! It just means they are places where people don't get vigorous physical exercise. Japanese people are not lazy. :unsure:

ranfurly
Aug 8th, 2012, 08:17 PM
I think you missed the word least :lol:

Yeah heh, I noticed that when I re-read :-P

CatTs
Aug 8th, 2012, 08:38 PM
Staying pressed with my glorious habitat being not mentioned.
What a stupid list, by the way.

azdaja
Aug 8th, 2012, 09:17 PM
This is what is written in the OP:

The researchers concluded that a lack of exercise is now a leading cause of death, a third of people across the world do not meet the minimum activity recommendations (which is generally about 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week).
i think this obviously means "excercise", not "work". it's kinda like discovering that obesity is the main desease of the poor nowadays. minus respect. because calling poor people lazy because they don't excercise enough is idiotic.

LoveFifteen
Aug 8th, 2012, 09:43 PM
I'm getting sick of these stupid lists in general. Forbes Magazine just calculated the "Coolest Cities in America" based on various metrics. The coolest city in the USA was .... Houston, TX! :unsure:

GURL, BYE!!! :hysteric:

CatTs
Aug 8th, 2012, 09:52 PM
Imagine people read those lists and think they are relevant :facepalm:.

Nicolαs89
Aug 9th, 2012, 12:48 AM
So let me get this straight - someone who works 60+ hours at a tough job but doesn't exercise is lazy? :facepalm:

BTW I'm proudly and happily lazy and I do lots of things that many term exercise. I like to run, do yoga, tennis, soccer, etc . .

If that's your situation no wonder you get so angry at the most meaningless things like this list.

ranfurly
Aug 9th, 2012, 01:04 AM
I'm getting sick of these stupid lists in general. Forbes Magazine just calculated the "Coolest Cities in America" based on various metrics. The coolest city in the USA was .... Houston, TX! :unsure:

GURL, BYE!!! :hysteric:

Isn't Houston the msot fattest city?

Apparently you have lanes for Mobility scooters, so the obese have a lane to be transported in :angel:

LoveFifteen
Aug 9th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Isn't Houston the msot fattest city?

Apparently you have lanes for Mobility scooters, so the obese have a lane to be transported in :angel:

Yes, Houston is definitely one of the fattest, but it's not cool at all. It's the opposite of cool: massive urban sprawl, dismal culture, rampant obesity, and blisteringly hot weather. It's just about the last major city in the USA that I'd live in besides Detroit, Cleveland, or Phoenix.

Saori Kimura Fan
Aug 13th, 2012, 09:28 AM
Couldn't be because most Brits work longer hours than their European counterparts? And as a result, many don't have the time to be 'active'. Some other countries have plenty because they work less hours. I just wish they made their mind up. We're (UK) told we are already the nation that works longer hours than any other, the people who are too afraid to take a complete lunch break and many eat at their desks. Hardly suprising then that we are too busy slaving for the boss and consequentially too tired to take exercise when we do get home. And have you not noticed that we are constantly told to adopt a mediterranean lifestyle for health and longievity. I know one thing, when I get home from work I'm totally exhausted. I have a particularly physical job and I get paid peanuts. Sometimes when I'm returning from work, I see a few people joigging/power walking and I say to myself, 'I just wish I had their job, because if they had mine, that's the last thing they'd want to do with their freetime.'

pancake
Aug 13th, 2012, 10:13 AM
Couldn't be because most Brits work longer hours than their European counterparts? And as a result, many don't have the time to be 'active'. Some other countries have plenty because they work less hours. I just wish they made their mind up. We're (UK) told we are already the nation that works longer hours than any other, the people who are too afraid to take a complete lunch break and many eat at their desks. Hardly suprising then that we are too busy slaving for the boss and consequentially too tired to take exercise when we do get home. And have you not noticed that we are constantly told to adopt a mediterranean lifestyle for health and longievity. I know one thing, when I get home from work I'm totally exhausted. I have a particularly physical job and I get paid peanuts. Sometimes when I'm returning from work, I see a few people joigging/power walking and I say to myself, 'I just wish I had their job, because if they had mine, that's the last thing they'd want to do with their freetime.'

Like how many hours a week?

The Witch-king
Aug 13th, 2012, 10:40 AM
Couldn't be because most Brits work longer hours than their European counterparts? And as a result, many don't have the time to be 'active'. Some other countries have plenty because they work less hours. I just wish they made their mind up. We're (UK) told we are already the nation that works longer hours than any other, the people who are too afraid to take a complete lunch break and many eat at their desks. Hardly suprising then that we are too busy slaving for the boss and consequentially too tired to take exercise when we do get home. And have you not noticed that we are constantly told to adopt a mediterranean lifestyle for health and longievity. I know one thing, when I get home from work I'm totally exhausted. I have a particularly physical job and I get paid peanuts. Sometimes when I'm returning from work, I see a few people joigging/power walking and I say to myself, 'I just wish I had their job, because if they had mine, that's the last thing they'd want to do with their freetime.'

:hug:

Your country sucks.

Saori Kimura Fan
Aug 13th, 2012, 11:02 AM
Like how many hours a week?

I work 50 hours per week. Unfortunately for myself, it's the only way I can make ends meet. I'm up at 05:45 and home at around 18:40/19:00. At least one morning/evening a day, I walk around 30 minutes to/from work.

OTOH: If I were unemployed, had 4+ kids and claimed benefits, I would have all the time in the world to train for the Heptathlon. OH! and make an appearance on the "Jeremy Kyle Show".

pancake
Aug 13th, 2012, 11:25 AM
I work 50 hours per week. Unfortunately for myself, it's the only way I can make ends meet. I'm up at 05:45 and home at around 18:40/19:00. At least one morning/evening a day, I walk around 30 minutes to/from work.

OTOH: If I were unemployed, had 4+ kids and claimed benefits, I would have all the time in the world to train for the Heptathlon. OH! and make an appearance on the "Jeremy Kyle Show".

50 hours are not exactly too bad. Koreans work crazy hours but then everyone in Asia works crazy hours... But I guess 50 hours in any European countries are a lot already. I used to work from 9am to 2am, and if I left earlier than 7:00pm for more than 2 days a week I would be warned that I 'left too early' even tho my official off hour was like, 6:30pm. Not to mention they called me at 1 or 2 in the morning and sent me emails on my days off. But then I got real sick and had to leave my job and take some rest now :o. I really think one should work at most 45 hours a week, at MOST!

I can understand your frustration tho. I mean we would like to do sport but after work all you want to do is catch some Z.

Lin Lin
Aug 13th, 2012, 11:49 AM
No china?I feel most people become lazier these days:confused:

Saori Kimura Fan
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:07 PM
No china?I feel most people become lazier these days:confused:

Agreed. :)

Lin Lin
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:12 PM
I good reped you:lol:

Saori Kimura Fan
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:14 PM
50 hours are not exactly too bad. Koreans work crazy hours but then everyone in Asia works crazy hours... But I guess 50 hours in any European countries are a lot already. I used to work from 9am to 2am, and if I left earlier than 7:00pm for more than 2 days a week I would be warned that I 'left too early' even tho my official off hour was like, 6:30pm. Not to mention they called me at 1 or 2 in the morning and sent me emails on my days off. But then I got real sick and had to leave my job and take some rest now :o. I really think one should work at most 45 hours a week, at MOST!

I can understand your frustration tho. I mean we would like to do sport but after work all you want to do is catch some Z.

True enough. There are times when I'm 'Bitch'n and Moanin', that I thank my lucky stars I'm not working in some sweatshop getting paid a pittance. I guess, I don't realize how well off I REALLY am.

Although I do have a extremely physical job.

Lin Lin
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:21 PM
You don't have enough posts to give a green rep:lol:

Saori Kimura Fan
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:22 PM
I good reped you:lol:

Lin Lin, 你太客气了! :)

rrfnpump
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:26 PM
Im a researcher in Japan and work about 70 hours a week, 12h every weekday and 5h on the weekends. I enjoy my work though so its ok. However, I am always the first one to leave the laboratory in the evening. JAPANESE ARE CRAZY. Doesnt even take them ten minutes to swallow lunch and rush back to work :o

Lin Lin
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:30 PM
You can speak chinese:eek::speakles:

pancake
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:34 PM
Im a researcher in Japan and work about 70 hours a week, 12h every weekday and 5h on the weekends. I enjoy my work though so its ok. However, I am always the first one to leave the laboratory in the evening. JAPANESE ARE CRAZY. Doesnt even take them ten minutes to swallow lunch and rush back to work :o

I just HATE working on the weekends.

Lin Lin
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:38 PM
Sometimes I have to:awww:

But,I could get a huge amount of income when I work at weekends:lol:

Cajka
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:48 PM
Lazy and inactive is not the same. Serbs are not physically inactive in general, there's no many obese people and you can see people walking, running, riding a bike, playing basketball/football/volleyball all the time. But when it comes to some other types of "laziness", I'm sure we deserve to be in top 10 on this list.

By the way, completely agreed with everyone who mentioned Montenegro. Those people are so lazy, it's impossible to believe.

Lin Lin
Aug 13th, 2012, 01:01 PM
Why?:lol:

debby
Aug 13th, 2012, 01:11 PM
I was thinking more about working in an office for long hours.
But you probably mean something like construction workers with tough jobs.
They obviously had complicated standards for the study and as you can see they asked at the end about having adequate daily exercise.

What ? Even if you are working "only" in an office for long hours, it doesn't make you lazy. Also it's such a stereotype surfing on the Internet at the work :lol: there are quotas to fill, and sometimes you should not working all the time, it's also good to take very short breaks. After long hours, you are so exhausted you don't wanna exercise.

:rolls:

What a retarded list. In some of these countries percentages of unemployment and people who live in poverty or on the brink of poverty are very high. So, you may have nothing to eat but that's not an excuse not to hit the gym?
People dying because they ''don't exercise enough'' is a much bigger problem on this planet than people dying from poverty and hunger? :weirdo: I mean, just look at this lazy ass from Haiti, I bet she hasn't gone for a jog or to a pilates class in her life!

http://dearabbylee.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/haitislum2.jpg

Or how about this lady from Serbia? I can't believe she's managed to reach her age with such a lazy, unhealthy lifestyle.

http://bktvnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/205.jpg

Of course it does, but that's obviously not the kind of activity this list's author had in mind. because, it would mean that 50-70% of people in the listed countries spend their lives sitting/lying down and staring at the ceiling.
That's exactly why I find it so stupid.

I totally agree. Disturbing they included poor countries in the list.

This hardly means these are the world's laziest countries! It just means they are places where people don't get vigorous physical exercise. Japanese people are not lazy. :unsure:

OMG YES Japanese work and education are insane. :unsure: ! Aren't Japanese students conditioned ?

Couldn't be because most Brits work longer hours than their European counterparts? And as a result, many don't have the time to be 'active'. Some other countries have plenty because they work less hours. I just wish they made their mind up. We're (UK) told we are already the nation that works longer hours than any other, the people who are too afraid to take a complete lunch break and many eat at their desks. Hardly suprising then that we are too busy slaving for the boss and consequentially too tired to take exercise when we do get home. And have you not noticed that we are constantly told to adopt a mediterranean lifestyle for health and longievity. I know one thing, when I get home from work I'm totally exhausted. I have a particularly physical job and I get paid peanuts. Sometimes when I'm returning from work, I see a few people joigging/power walking and I say to myself, 'I just wish I had their job, because if they had mine, that's the last thing they'd want to do with their freetime.'

:hug: :hug:


LOL I AM SHOCKED FRANCE ISN'T EVEN IN THE LIST.

I thought we were so lazy with our mandatory 35 hours/week and overtime ???? :happy: :rolls:

(but the truth is that this law is much more complicated as the boss sometimes tells us to work more, he doesn't ask us, he tells us. :o So we often end up with at least 40hours/week. Once I even attained 45 hours/week and it was a tough/physical job. :help: )

Saori Kimura Fan
Aug 13th, 2012, 02:53 PM
http://bktvnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/205.jpg

Aha! Look at those initials sprayed on the bin in red? ;):)

And debby, we told you NOT to throw that French cooking book away. :p:)

TheHangover
Aug 13th, 2012, 03:04 PM
we are pretty lazy here! but the facilities here are bad especially tennis facilities, only one public tennis court in a 60.000 people city, then you have to go to a private club

TheHangover
Aug 13th, 2012, 03:11 PM
still we are fitter than top medalist USA :oh: