The Maltese are among the laziest people in the world with almost a half failing to get enough exercise.
Malta ranked 17th out of 168 in a World Health Organisation list of the least active countries — and fourth worst of the 28 EU nations.
Some 42 per cent of people in Malta are putting their health at risk by not doing at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week.
Maltese women are less likely to reach the goal with 47 per cent here moving too little compared to 36 per cent of men.
Kuwait is the worst-performing nation overall with 67 per cent failing to reach WHO’s exercise guidelines.
Cyprus was ranked as the least active EU country, followed by Portugal and Germany.
The laziest 20 nations in the world were named and shamed in a major new report of exercise levels across the globe.
The WHO urges people to do least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, such as cycling or brisk walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, like running.
Dr Regina Guthold from the WHO analysed data on almost two million people in 168 countries.
She said: ‘National policy needs to be implemented to encourage non-motorised modes of transport, such as walking and cycling, and to promote participation in active recreation and sports in leisure time.’
The report was published in the Lancet medical journal.
THE WORLD’S TOP 20 LAZIEST NATIONS:
American Samoa 53.4%
Saudi Arabia 53%
Costa Rica 46.1%
Marshall Islands 43.5%
New Zealand 42.4%
% = percentage of the country’s population that fail to take part in 150 minutes of exercise each week
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