Kuwait recently topped a survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for having the least physically active nation in the world.
However, did you know that Saudi Arabia actually came third on that list?
53% of Saudi’s population fails to hit recommended exercise targets
That’s a little more than half of the Kingdom’s population. We can almost hear your double gasps too.
Kuwait, who topped the list of the world’s top 20 least physically active nations, has a staggering 67% of its people who barely work out- or don’t at all.
These are the least physically active nations, according to the World Health Organization:
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The other countries that made this list are…
1. Kuwait 67%
2. American Samoa 53.4%
3. Saudi Arabia 53%
4. Iraq 52%
5. Brazil 47%
6. Costa Rica 46.1%
7. Cyprus 44.4%
8. Suriname 44.4%
9. Colombia 44%
10. Marshall Islands 43.5
Nations, that showed the opposite, are…
According to the report released by WHO, nations that DO exercise the most include Uganda (at the number one spot) with 5.5% of its population who are physically active, Mozambique (5.6%) and Lesotho with 6.3%.
- Tanzania 6.5%
- Niue 6.9%
- Vanuatu 8%
- Togo 9.8%
- Cambodia 10.5%
- Myanmar 10.7%
- Tokelau 11.1%
The results should be an indicator now, more than ever, that physical activities should be promoted more and more in the Middle East.
It’s great that we’re starting to have communities, like the Ploggers in Jeddah, hosting their own methods of staying physically active, but we need to keep it pushing.