The Maltese have been branded the laziest in Europe, according to data from one of a series of papers published in the Lancet medical journal.
The journal argues that 71.9% of Maltese adults are inactive, closely followed by the Serbs at 68% and the Brits at 63%.
Pedro Hallal from Universidade Federal de Pelotas in Brazil and colleagues collected and compared data from 122 countries. Overall, a third of adults, and four out of five adolescents, were insufficiently active.
Hallal added: "Although the technological revolution has been of great benefit to many populations throughout the world, it has come at a major cost in terms of the contribution of physical inactivity to the worldwide epidemic of noncommunicable diseases."
Due to the British ranking high in the table, the news has been widely reported in the British press.
Source: The Guardian