America one of the planet’s laziest countries – Seriously?!


We take the crown for fattest country in the world and couch potatoes are everywhere.

According to a new Stanford University study (based on smartphone data) that followed the walking habits of 700,000 people in 46 countries, America sits fourth from the bottom for “activity inequality,” USA Today reports.

At 4,774 steps the US still outpaces the laziest nation, Indonesia claims that title — averaging just 3,513 steps a day.

Activity inequality refers to the disparity between activity levels within a country — and it’s a major contributor to obesity.

Sweden, with 5,863 steps, has one of the smallest activity inequality gaps worldwide.

“It also had one of the lowest rates of obesity,” says study researcher Tim Althoff.

When it comes to physical inactivity, Hudson County ranks 28% in the Robert Wood Johnson 2017 New Jersey health outcomes, compared to the most active New Jersey County, Morris at 19%.

That means you may not know what the inside of your gym looks like and you may park as close to the places you shop as possible, but you’re not alone.

Americans as a whole have a hard time staying active and motivated, according to the study.

You might just have to claim the lazy title for yourself.

Overseas, those living in Hong Kong are the most physically fit — walking 6,880 steps daily.

In more obese nations, definite gaps existed between avid walkers and their counterparts, 
who barely walked.

The Garden State still has health challenges to overcome with rising physical inactivity rates and 
a 24% adult obesity ranking.

“As leaders in our communities, it is our responsibility to encourage employees, residents, colleagues, families and friends to keep moving,” says Dr. Marilyn Gordon, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare of New Jersey, reports New Jersey Association of Counties.

Also contributing to activity inequality was where people live — urban, high-density cities versus suburban environments.

To put that into play, Standford researchers looked at three neighboring California cities – San Francisco, San Jose and Fremont, designating San Francisco tops in walkability and lowest in level of activity inequality, USA Today reports.

“In cities that are more walkable, everyone tends to take more daily steps,” says Jennifer Hicks, 
a Stanford study researcher, adding that it doesn’t matter if they’re male or female, young or old, healthy weight or obese.

According to, the largest cities in New Jersey have an average Walk Score of 61 and they ranked Hoboken, Union City and West New York the state’s best cities in terms of walkability.

Hoboken l Walk Score 95
Hoboken is a Walker’s Paradise. Daily errands do not require a car.

Union City l Walk Score 94
Union City is a Walker’s Paradise. Daily errands do not require a car.

West New York l Walk Score 94
West New York is a Walker’s Paradise. Daily errands do not require a car.

Jersey City l Walk Score 87
The most walkable Jersey City neighborhoods are Historic Downtown, 
Journal Square and McGinley Square.

Bayonne l Walk Score 79
Bayonne is very walkable. Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

Kearny l Walk Score 77
The most walkable Kearny neighborhoods are Arlington, Manor Section and 
South Kearny.

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis


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