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Nearly half of American women are inactive

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM

More than 40 percent of Americans — and 31 percent of the world's population — are considered physically inactive.

And although women may be the fairer sex, they're also the lazier — 47.4 percent of American women are inactive. That's compared to 33.5 percent of American men.

The findings are included in a recent study published in The Lancet medical journal.

Researchers gathered physical activity data for people older than 15 living in 122 countries. The combined population of those countries represents nearly 90 percent of the world's population.

The report defined physical inactivity as not meeting any of three criteria:

Levels of inactivity varied greatly between World Health Organization regions.

Women worldwide are more inactive than men. About 34 percent of women worldwide are inactive compared to about 28 percent of men, according to the report.

The report also found physical inactivity is more common in countries of high income than in those of low income.

The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)

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