According to a study conducted by a research team at Stanford University, four Arab countries have the world's least active people.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates landed among the 11 laziest countries in the world.

The team ranked the most and least lazy countries in the world based on the average number of steps taken per day. 

While the study was first published in the journal Nature in mid-July, its findings were resurfaced by Gulf News on Monday. 

Stanford University researchers collected smartphone data to estimate the average number of steps people in every country take per day to draw a rough image of the level of activity there, surveying over 700,000 respondents from 111 countries

The study found that Hong Kong has the most active people in the world with an average of 6,880 steps per day, followed by China and Ukraine.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, Indonesia has the least active people, as they walk around 3,513 daily.

Scott Delp, a professor who co-led the research, told the BBC that the "study is 1,000 times larger than any previous study on human movement."

Here's a list of the 11 least active countries in the world according to the study

The worldwide average is 4,961 steps per day

The study revealed important data that could help improve people's health and tackle obesity. 

Among its most notable findings is the correlation between obesity and "activity inequality" - the difference between the fittest and laziest people in a country. The study found that the wider the activity inequality gap, the higher the rates of obesity.

The study also noted that people in pedestrian-friendly cities like New York and San Francisco unsurprisingly have higher rates of physical activity