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UK among the laziest countries

People in Britain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa are among the laziest in the world.

world Updated: Aug 05, 2012 23:41 IST

People in Britain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa are among the laziest in the world.

In a global study carried out by journal The Lancet which included results from 122 countries, UK was found to be one of the most inactive countries, with a staggering 63.3% of the population being inactive while Greece was labelled the least lazy nation in the world.

Only 15% of the population of the balmy Mediterranean country, which also boasts one of the world’s healthiest diets, was classed as inactive.

The study found just over 40% of those in North America were inactive, putting it in the 46th spot.

Overall, women rated lower than men in the study. The highest percentage of inactive women was found in countries where finding employment was difficult due to social constraints, such as Saudi Arabia, which ranked third least active country with 68.8% of its population inactive.

UAE with an inactive population of 62.5%, and Bhutan with 52.3% were also featured in the list.

Of the countries surveyed almost one third of their population is considered inactive. And 80% adolescents were rated below the standards. The researchers pointed out that lack of exercise is now a leading cause of death and a third of people do not meet the minimum activity which is about 2.5 hours of per week.