Jul 15, 2017

Obesity linked to gender gap in physical activity

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.

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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Why 50+ women care about 2020

Data: AARP/Harris Poll; Chart: Axios Visuals

A new AARP survey by the Harris Poll examined what's driving women 50 and older ahead of next year's elections and found health care on top. The survey also found that older women’s concerns about Trump are eroding, but not upending, his support with Republicans and independents.

Why it matters: As the House of Representatives prepares to impeach the president, the priorities for this group of high-propensity voters are closer to home and different from what their male counterparts care most about.

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Women take the lead on donating to support female college sports

The Indiana Hoosiers celebrate after the NCAA Women's College Basketball game. Photo: Bobby Goddin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Former female athletes are donating millions of dollars to build facilities, endow scholarships and support coaching positions at their alma maters, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Participation in women’s college sports teams is at an all time high, outnumbering men's sports for more than 20 years. And yet, the marketing and sponsorships from benefactors for college female teams has caught on slower than men's sports.

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Women won't see equal pay for another 257 years, report says

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Women around the world aren't expected to see equal pay until 2277 at the current rate of change, according to findings from the Global Gender Gap Report 2020, which measured the gender gap from 153 countries across economics, politics, education and health.

The big picture: Though the report says that women in the U.S. are "relatively well-represented" in high management roles, the global economic gender gap is expected to widen for several reasons: Women are highly represented in jobs being displaced by automation, aren't entering professions with high wage growth and spend more time than men in caretaker and volunteer roles.

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