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Global study of 700K smartphone users shows link between obesity and activity inequality

Global study of 700K smartphone users shows link between obesity and activity inequality

The UK was above average, with 5,444 steps per day.

Results from a large scale global study based on activity levels show that obesity spikes in countries where people walk a lot or very little.

According to the study's data, the country in which people took the largest number of steps per day on average was Hong Kong with 6,880. Britain was also beaten by China, Ukraine, Japan and Russian Federation, who comprised the rest of the top five. Indonesians meanwhile took the least steps of just 3,513 in a day.

Researchers looked at how many steps 700,000 people from around the globe took, using 68 million days worth of information to break down minute-by-minute findings.

What did matter was something called "activity inequality" - essentially, the disparity between the most active people in a country and its most inactive. What's more, there's a huge gulf in our country among the most active and most inactive.

Most smartphones available in the market nowadays have a built-in accelerometer that can record steps.

The researchers have also concluded that such lack of inequality and such vast differences in "activity inequality" could be a major reason behind diseases like obesity that have gripped America.

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However, there is not a strong link between the number of steps people take in a country and obesity levels.

Another interesting related finding involved gender.

When analyzing data from the United States, there was a clear correlation between the walkability score of a city and the levels of activity inequality. The researchers collected this anonymous data, from the Argus activity monitoring app, to establish the results. In countries where there is a low inequality and low obesity like Japan, men and women tend to exercise equally.

For instance, in countries with considerable activity inequality such as the USA and Saudi Arabia, women tend to move a lot less than men. But they also noticed that in countries with the greatest activity inequality, women's inactivity was much more pronounced. As activity levels decrease at a population level, women are more likely to become obese. Obesity has been rising in the United States and Canada. "Data science and modeling can be immensely powerful tools".

The authors say there might have been gender and age differences that affected how often certain users carried their phones.

When the Stanford-Azumio partnership launched back in late 2015, Azumio CEO Bojan Bostjancic told MobiHealthNews that activity data was just one small part of the data that was being collected.

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