Southerners and inhabitants of Appalachia are least likely to be physically active in their leisure hours, according to the report submitted by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 29% of adults in these regions reported of no physical activity or exercise besides their regular job. These countries with lowest leisure-time inactivity show the highest prevalence of obesity and type-2 diabetes.
The CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) asked the participants across 3,141 countries in US whether they undertake any kind of physical activity or exercise outside their workplace. Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee were the states where people were least active during their free time.
AdvertisementDirector of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, Dr. Ann Albright said, "Physical activity is crucial to managing diabetes and reducing serious complications of the disease. Moderate intensity activities such as dancing or brisk walking, for just 150 minutes a week, can significantly improve the health of people with diabetes or at high risk for the disease."