A new Stanford University study has found an "activity inequality" around the world — in countries with high rates of obesity, there is greater variation in the number of steps people walk each day compared to populations with lower rates of obesity. And, one of the biggest contrasts is between men and women. The study's findings, analyzed from smartphone step-count data from more than 700,000 people in 111 countries, should inform policies to curb obesity, researchers wrote.

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Data: Activity Inequality Project; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Key findings:There's a gender gap: In every country studied by the researchers, men logged more daily steps than women. But in certain countries, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, results showed that men walked nearly 40% more than women. The U.S. also had one of the largest gender gaps, with men walking 25% more than women.Inactivity is worse for women than men, according to findings. Women who walked about 1,000 steps per day were more than 3 times as likely to be obese than women who walked about 10,000 steps. Similarly inactive men were less than twice as likely to be obese than their active counterparts. The obesity rate was 30% for both men and women who logged around 1,000 daily steps. Limitations: Smartphone algorithms and apps aren't entirely accurate at measuring steps, and researchers are limited by who can afford to use them. Data was therefore largely collected from relatively wealthy people, though smartphones are gaining popularity even in developing nations. Still, the study did not include low-income countries.

Go deeper: 2.2 billion people worldwide are obese or overweight.

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Liberty University's Jerry Falwell Jr. agrees to “indefinite leave of absence”

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. in 2019. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an “indefinite leave of absence” from his roles as president and chancellor of Liberty University after posting a photo of himself with unzipped pants and an arm around a woman on social media, according to the school.

The state of play: The picture, which has since been deleted, drew backlash and charges of hypocrisy from conservative political figures because the university's honor code strictly prohibits students from having "sexual relations outside of a biblically-ordained marriage," and recommends they dress with“appropriateness” and “modesty."

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 19,189,737 — Total deaths: 716,669 — Total recoveries — 11,610,192Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,917,050 — Total deaths: 160,702 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus.
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (L) and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speak to the media on Capitol Hill. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said President Trump should sign executive orders unilaterally addressing coronavirus stimulus spending after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again on Friday.

Why it matters: Friday was viewed as a self-imposed deadline to negotiate a new relief bill. But after an intense week of negotiations on Capitol Hill, White House and Democratic leadership failed to reach a deal on delivering much needed aid to Americans and businesses.