Study Shows People Tend to Inflate their Activity Levels

Researchers in the United States and Europe recently completed a study to test how accurately people rate physical activity status. Unfortunately, the results aren’t very flattering. As a whole, people were all less active than reported, and U.S. respondents were found to overestimate their level of activity the most.

The study involved over 1,500 participants from the UK, U.S., and the Netherlands. The test involved two parts – a self-evaluation to report how active the participant thought they were and an objective measure of activity level via a wrist-worn accelerometer. In general, participants from all countries had a tendency to overestimate their daily activity levels.

These findings were published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health on April 11, 2018.