U.S. sedentary lifestyle among adults by ethnicity 2018

As of 2018, the prevalence of a sedentary lifestyle was highest among African American adults, with a total of almost 32 percent. Asian Americans were the most active of all ethnic groups that year.

Motionless states

People from Kentucky were considered the least physically active Americans in 2018. About 34.4 percent of Kentuckian adults stated that they did not partake in any physical activity or exercise besides their job within the last thirty days. Oregon, Alaska, and Washington were among the most physically active states that year.

Watch your diet

In 2019, approximately 100 million people in the United States stated that they watched their diet in order to lose weight. Other common reasons for watching weight included keeping cholesterol and blood sugar levels under control. In high schools across the United States, roughly half of students were trying to lose weight in 2017. More high school girls – about 60 percent of them – were trying to lose weight than boys that year.

Prevalence of physical inactivity among adults in the U.S. as of 2018, by ethnicity*

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Release date

December 2018


United States

Survey time period


Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Percentage of adults who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days.

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