Women Lazier Than Men, Global Survey Finds

Men are more physically active. So why don't they have longer lives?

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Women may have higher IQs and longer lives than men, but a new study shows that they are also lazier.

Lancet published a paper this week examining which countries have the most and least active citizens. The findings showed that 34 percent of women in 122 countries are inactive, as opposed to 28 percent of men.

Worldwide, 31.1 percent of adults rank as physically inactive, which is defined as less than 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times a week.

The scale of physical activity varies greatly from country to country. For example, only 4.7 percent of Bangladeshi citizens are rated as inactive, while Malta has the highest rate of inactivity: 72 percent of its residents.

Interestingly, the results correlate very little to data regarding national life expectancies, despite recent proof that prolonged sitting may shorten lifespans.

MORE: Lack of Exercise as Deadly as Smoking, Study Finds

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Lena Ficco
Lena Ficco

If you actually read the original journal article, the only significant sex difference is in vigorous activities, which tend to be male-dominated (evoking stereotype-threat) and require more leisure time (as noted by several previous commenters) and disposable income. Whereas no sex differences exist in activities such as walking. 

Oh, and these measures are based on self-report. 

Oh, and physical inactivity isn't equatable to lazy. Posts like these reinforce my avoidance of rag mags. National Public Media for life. 

Lena Ficco, M.S., A.B.D

Sex, Neuroendocrinology, and Cognition Researcher

Coneflower Chianti
Coneflower Chianti

Note: physical inactivity does not equal laziness. I know plenty of men who are so intellectually lazy that their wives and children must think for them.

JR48
JR48

Women do far less formal 'working out' than men, in general.   Why?  Because when you've got kids, you expend all of that energy, caring for others.  There is an old saying 'a man works from sun to sun, a woman's work is never done'. 

Historically speaking, we're the caretakers.   Make the list of what the average woman has to do compared to their male counterpart and it looks something like this:  

Man -   go to work, mows the lawn, sometimes takes out the garbage, fixes broken things

Woman - wash the floors, vacuum, scrub toilets, do the laundry, buy groceries, buy kid clothing, make meals, do the dishes, monitor homework, do various errands for all family members, doctor's appointments, chauffeur to all kid activities, interacts wth teachers, andi f they don't have a full time job, add volunteering in classrooms, ad nauseum.  In other words, take away the handful of  things that a man does and the woman does everything else.  Oh don't forget, we do the pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding as well.  And we can do all of the aforementoned at the  same time.

I've been a mom for 15 years with two kids.   With the first one, I worked full time.  I had ALL of the responsibility of managing our life, home and my job.  Add a baby, and I was up all night feedng adn caring and the frst thing that I was asked when I got home for work was 'what's for dinner?'  My life responsiibility grew exponentially.  His life changed exactly as much as he wanted it to.   I had no choice in the matter.

Regardless of culture, political persuasion, religion or lack thereof.  From conservative to progressive liberal, I've seen this to be basically true for most women that I've met.  Women do MORE.

So when do we have time to hit the gym?  Who is watching the babies while we're jogging?  LOL this whole thing is hilarious.

Go ahead and argue against my point but there are a zillion wise women who could read this and nod their heads because they know the truth.  We're the doers of life's basic chores.  Men find all of that optional.

karmashock
karmashock

Women only live longer if they don't have many children.

One must remember that we did not evolve for this society or this lifestyle. We evolved for an older lifestyle... a very different environment.

Men are stronger, tougher, regenerate faster, are warmer... etc because they historically served a role in human society. They were the hunters... the fighters... the explorers. Women generally stayed closer to the tribe. Protected. They did whatever needed to be done near the camp. Cleaning animal skins or tending fires. Whatever.

This has all become political and controversial. But the truth is the truth.

Are women lazier? No. They just evolved to serve a different role.

That doesn't mean they must serve that role now. It is merely their proficiency. Men have many problems. They burn more calories because their metabolisms are faster. They tend to be less genetically consistent. Males die in birth or shortly there after at a much higher ratio then females. The genetic disorders that can effect men dwarfs those that effect women.

There is a reason for that. Men are expendable. If human evolution is going to run experiments best to run them on the men rather then the women. Which is why women tend to be more consistent.

wtsy
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i tried to show this to my wife but she said she was to tired to look at it

Daria Blackwell
Daria Blackwell

Women live longer because they use up fewer heart beats. They work hard but smart. My theory is that men play sports and run around stressed out more than women thereby making their hearts beat faster. As heart is muscle, it may have only so many beats programmed into it before it runs out of steam. That's my theory. 

MobileTechy
MobileTechy

women are by far more active than men .. women never get to sit down at home .. early on they are taught to serve the males and family .. the school and parents do not direct girls to active sports as a rule, boys are directed into sports and outdoor activity .. girls are given dolls; hence, sit on your butt and raise the baby .. boys are given guns and trucks; hence, keep running and shooting your enemy .. drive the truck and earn money .. teachers always call on boys to read aloud .. they let the girls stay seated.

A Smith
A Smith

I keep imagining coming home to find my wife dead with some fuzz in her hand. And I will say, "Wow, it really WOULD kill her to clean the lint screen."

DG
DG

No one seems to be offended by the recent study that women have higher IQ's - Women are smarter than men. But once there's a study about how women are lazier it suddenly becomes sexism of the highest order.

Aly Britt
Aly Britt

 Although, you have to note, IQ is an objective measure and can be measured scientifically. "Laziness" is inherently left to the researcher as a subjective measure, and cannot be defined unless it is operationalized -- therefore creating a biased dependent variable.

Banh
Banh

 They need to clarify the study results on IQ. Women are more "clever" than men, but clever only goes so far. Suburban coyotes and foxes who discover the free food in the garbage cans down in "Humanville" often end up IN the garbage cans because of their laziness in not trying to catch rabbits anymore. In Russian culture for example, there's a big comparison between clever and intelligent. Men have better creative skills, we are more motivated to improvise, we are constantly looking for a better way to do something. In that respect, men who are inspired by something find unlimited energy for it. That's why we're driving down the street with air conditioning rather than walking. We get lazy when we aren't inspired by something, as in "couch potato".

Women think of leisure and relaxation much more than men do. They are in fact lazier and will opt for a vacation before a work-related project whether it's inspiring to their husbands or not. If women were more inspired, they would be at Home Depot construction classes to learn carpentry and tile laying rather than sending their husbands there with a shopping list written on a Starbucks napkin from their last "leisurely" gathering with their girlfriends.

Motherhood gives a woman no choice in being busy, but short of motherhood? Most women are lazy by nature.

Kara209
Kara209

Maybe YOU should clarify what you mean. Let's see some actual EVIDENCE for anything you say, rather than just your subjective reasoning. It's nice to see you compare women to coyotes, but do you have any actual EVIDENCE for anything you're saying? This article only refers to EXERCISE. BTW, driving down the street with air conditioning rather than walking? Women don't do this? That's a pretty stupid thing to write. In addition, please show evidence of men's better creative skills and how YOU, personally are more motivated to improvise. You can't simply be a guy who is willing to sit back on all the accomplishments of past inventors, and put yourself on their level because your a sexist guy. You mention "we" and not "I" what are YOU motivated to create and improvise? Besides driving down the street with the air conditioning on? But hey, just because YOU haven't invented or come up with anything creative, that means you can't do it, right?

Kara209
Kara209

Comment was posted twice, sorry.

SmallSpeakHouse
SmallSpeakHouse

It's because the title is clearly meant to be sensational. Also, the article itself lacks details. Had the article been informative and had shown that the title was true, then it wouldn't have been right to be offended. But since the title is misleading, of course people find it offensive.

RTHawk
RTHawk

 I'm pretty some men were offended that a study was released saying women had higher IQ's.

Wentra
Wentra

This is a joke. I haven't meant a man yet who wasn't willing to sit back and let a woman do the cooking and cleaning.  Also, in many parts of the world, women do not have full rights and their movements and activities are restricted by tradition, laws, and family and household obligations!

Veikko Punkka
Veikko Punkka

What the news says is that women report lower levels of physical exercise than men. As a correlation one can conclude that reporting higher levels of physical exercise does not correlate well with the life time.

kafel
kafel

you left-wingers who write this magazine are sick.you will lie about anything to make women feel better.women do not have higher I.Q.'s than men,it is the other way around.Of all the discoveries in medicine,astronomy,science the majority of discoverers have been men,not to mention all of our inventions.if it was not for men women would still be cooking dinner in caves.So do everyone a favor stop making up bullshi.... just to make a group feel better about themselves,something left-wingers excel at.

Keo Lin
Keo Lin

The purpose of the article's title is obvious - it grabs attention. But

it also annoys me that a journalist in prestigious publication would

resort to such unsophisticated media techniques in order to make an

otherwise uninteresting and useless piece of trivia sounds important and

valid.

Ray Sears
Ray Sears

Well it is Time so the prestige things is bit overstated. 

Keo Lin
Keo Lin

The purpose of the article's title is obvious - it grabs attention. But

it also annoys me that a journalist in prestigious publication would

resort to such unsophisticated media techniques in order to make an

otherwise uninteresting and useless piece of trivia sounds important and

valid.

TimBlough
TimBlough

I don't mean to split hairs here but I believe that the choice of headline is usually an editor's responsibility. I also hate misleading headlines.

I'm especially tired of headlines in the form of a question ("Do carrots cause cancer?", "Is Mitt Romney gay?", "Does bicycling too fast cause hair loss?"). The answer is usually no in almost all cases.I'd just avoid blaming Ms. Pous or any journalist for it. 

smooth edward
smooth edward

Ironically, the results of the study were delivered by a guy laying on a couch.

pdxrose
pdxrose

This is a sexist headline that must be corrected.  Women may exercise less, but that's because they are working and taking care of others, not themselves

Patrick Allen
Patrick Allen

Inactivity doesn't measure exercise alone. Theoretically, it should take household management as well. It's a silly, sexist headline, but that's not because it's a sexist statistic.

Ya_oK
Ya_oK

 o is that what they are doing

ULURU
ULURU

Sitting on your big butt and watching Dr. Phil all day doesn't burn a lot of calories.

Wentra
Wentra

 Than, quit doing that ULURU.

mskathk
mskathk

I watch the young and old women around me; they are constantly moving even if they never hit the gym. Cleaning the house, cooking the meals, doing wash, caring for children-- all of these are jobs that require being active on some level. Thus, they keep circulation going.  It may be that multiple short movements each day are far more meaningful than an hour at the gym followed by hours of inactivity......

Truth_Truther
Truth_Truther

Okay, so really what the study is saying is that women EXERCISE less than men, not that they are lazier.  They are probably too busy working - earning money, performing childcare, managing the home, and a myriad of other things - to get the kind of exercise that might show up in this study.  Check out http://www.economist.com/node/... to see data from 18 OECD countries showing that men have more leisure time than women.

Patrick Allen
Patrick Allen

 Of course leisure time might also be affected by how productive a person is. In that case, it might be indicative that men are more productive than women in terms of output and thus work harder so they can have more leisure.

Personally, I just think that the whole study doesn't mean that much by itself and that it's silly for everyone to be drawing sweeping conclusions based on Time magazine's report of it.

SmallSpeakHouse
SmallSpeakHouse

Please clarify what you mean by physically inactive. Because I consider a person working in front of a computer for lengthy periods of time to be physically inactive but not lazy.