Portuguese are the least regularly exercise often in 21 countries -
Only 13.1% of Portuguese men and 11.5% of women do exercise regularly.
Portugal has the lowest percentage of people who practice often exercise a set of 21 European countries, according to a new study released on Tuesday.
The European Social Survey, which examines the attitudes to physical and mental health in 21 countries, shows that only 13.1% of Portuguese men and 11.5% of women do exercise regularly.
Portugal and Hungary appear as countries with less regular practitioners of frequent physical activity (performed three to four times a week). For Hungary are nearly 15% men who exercise frequently, a percentage that drops to 10.5% in women.
Data from the European study, collected in 2014 and 2015, exhibit Finland, Norway, Sweden and Ireland as countries with the best indicators in the exercise practiced by both sexes.
On studying the behavioral factors in Portugal, the country stands out for the high percentage of men (41.4%) who smoke more than 20 cigarettes daily. On the contrary, it also has the lowest of the 21 countries in respect of women smokers (14.7%).
Portugal still shows the highest percentage of men who consume alcohol more than once a week (47.5%). In women this low value to 15.3%.
Since the consumption of fruit and vegetables at least once a week Portugal is highlighted positively with the higher percentage of women (82.7%) and men (76.2%) of all the 21 countries studied.
In Portugal, the European Social Survey is funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology and is carried out by a consortium consisting of the Institute of Social Sciences at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences and the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE).
Source: newspaper "Public" and author on 25 October 2016