Americans do far less walking than anyone else in the world

The Washington Post “Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog” reports that a “new series in Slate on ‘the crisis in American walking'” helps to illustrate that “Americans walk far less than anyone else.”

“And it’s not just those dinky European countries. We walk just half as much as car-loving Australia.”

According to the blog post, “studies employing pedometers have found that where the average Australian takes 9,695 steps per day … the average Japanese 7,168, and the average Swiss 9,650, the average American manages only 5,117 steps.”

“Where a child in Britain, according to one study, takes 12,000 to 16,000 steps per day, a similar US study found a range between 11,000 and 13,000.”

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