DC and New York are where people are the fittest

April 23, 2015

Meet the fresh new Withings Observatory, a compilation of public health statistics based on the Withings community.

For the first time, Withings has published real-time maps that display national weight measurements and physical activity levels. This publication, which was made possible thanks to Withings activity trackers and connected scales, reveals that users in DC, and New York, are in the best shape.
DC and New York display the lowest and third-lowest inactivity rates (27.4% and 29.8% respectively), as well as the lowest rates of overweight and obese people (53.9% and 55.4% respectively). On average, 40.3% of subjects in the US live a sedentary lifestyle and 62.2% of subjects are overweight or obese.
The full data is available on the Withings Health Observatory website, which presents a set of dashboards displaying real-time health data from Withings connected scales and activity trackers. Excess weight or inactivity rates can be analyzed along gender, age, or regional breakdowns, so as to understand who are the most affected by these risk factors, and what might have caused them.

Sedentary rates in US states
Sedentary rates were defined as the percentage of subjects walking on average less than 4,000 steps per day. The rate of overweight or obesity corresponds to the percentage of subjects with a BMI (body mass index) greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2.
About the data
Results presented here were derived from aggregated data, built on the basis of a sample of more than 100,000 users. Withings guarantees the confidentiality of personal data and protects the privacy of all its users. Therefore, all data used for this study was rigorously anonymized and aggregated.

Susie Felber

Susie is a writer and producer who has worked in nearly every medium. As the daughter of a hard-working M.D., she's had a lifelong interest in health and is proud that she continues to lower her 5k time as she ages.
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