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As obesity rate grows, survey finds most Washingtonians wouldn't walk a mile

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More than half of the Washington state adult population would not walk a mile to get somewhere they wanted to go, says a new survey that seeks to shed light on why obesity is becoming an expanding problem in the U.S.

The new report, by tech product review company Gear Hungry, surveyed 2,200 Americans to find out the limits of their physical activity.

In Washington state, 58 percent of those surveyed said they would not be prepared to walk a mile and instead would prefer to jump in their car. The survey also found that on average, the longest Washingtonians would walk to get somewhere is 20.6 minutes.

In the United States as a whole, the survey found:

  • More than one-third of adults would rather take an elevator than walk one flight of stairs.
  • Half of people under age 35 can’t remember when they last ran a mile.
  • Over one in 10 would not exercise more, even if their lives depended on it.

When broken down by gender, women appeared to be a bit lazier then men, on average, with 5 percent fewer women prepared to walk the mile.

And the weather, unsurprisingly, is a big factor - 52 percent of respondents said they would be completely put off walking somewhere if it was raining. Some 34 percent would drive where they wanted to go instead, but a resilient 18 percent said they would wait until the rain had stopped, then walk anyway.

Americans’ response to exercise also didn’t reflect well on the nation, according to the survey. Given the choice, it found 35 percent of adults would rather use an elevator than walk up just one flight of stairs. And nearly a third said they regularly avoid doing any exercise altogether.

In fact, an astonishing 77 percent of respondents said they were too busy to do exercise and 74 percent said they are too busy to eat a healthy diet.

The survey also discovered that when on a health kick, people only managed to last just 7.8 days before being defeated and succumbing to fast food, on average.

Fnally, the survey found that Alaskans appear to be the most lethargic in the U.S. They’d only walk for a maximum of 15 minutes, or 0.8 miles to get somewhere. The most energetic are residents of Idaho, who said they would persevere for nearly half an hour - or 1.4 miles - before calling it a day.

To find out how each state compares, check out the Gear Hungry infographic here ...


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