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.

locoindio
locoindio

@JR48 has it ever occurred to you that the reason women end up doing all that stuff is because you are a control freak? and that you have such a regimented view of how that work needs to get done that you deliberately exclude your husband from doing it.....because you don't want to compromise on how it should be done? and that it's your own fault that you have so much to do because of that attitude? women love love love to make themselves into victims. that they're doing all the work and men just sit around. nevermind that all the cleaning supplies, the appliances, and the house itself was conceived and built by men. how convenient that you can intentionally push your husband away from helping (which most husbands want to do) and then say you're the one doing all the work. btw- here's a list of things men have to take care of: lawn care, fixing things (including the vacuum that you broke because you were so stressed from deliberate exclusion that you vacuumed up the wrong thing), taking care of the cars.....oh and GO TO THE JOB THAT HELPS PAY FOR ALL THE STUFF YOU'RE CLEANING. 


look elsewhere for sympathy, please. thanks. 

BrianTerrill
BrianTerrill

@locoindio right men go to work.  We work our butt off.  The thing is called work because what we do every day to pay the bills is usually not a hobby.

JanetLixey-Hughes
JanetLixey-Hughes

I have been married 34 yrs. worked most of that time. My husband is an engineer, good pay, stressful environment. He also travels, a lot, for work. When he is home, he helps with the cooking, cleaning and the wash. When he wants to build a shed, put a new roof on or paint the walls, or put down new wooden floors, I help with that. If he is tired, I get him a beer and make him decompress. Marriage is not easy. Still being friends and lovers after all this time is even harder. But we have succeeded at both. It is ok to let the washing go, or not do the dishes for once. When I was in bed due to illness for 3 months last year, he made sure to let me know I was loved. Then again when he went to China for work when I was flat on my back, I encouraged him to go. The kids who stress you out when they are little and turn into oh my god you did what in their teenage years, step into help when we ate ill. He is my best friend. Always will be. I put him first, as he does for me.

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
wtsy

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.

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.

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.

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

ULURU
ULURU

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

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.

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.