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Chinese obesity rise

18th August 2006

18082006_chinese_baby1.jpgAccording to an editorial in this week’s BMJ people in China are becoming overweight and obese at an alarmingly fast rate.

Professor Yangfeng Wu from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing says that  numbers of people in China who are now classified as overweight and obese have risen sharply in a relatively short time.

The national nutrition and health survey in China, 2002, showed 14.7% of Chinese were overweight, with another 2.6% obese. The prevalence of overweight and obesity in children aged 7-18 increased 28 times and obesity increased four times between 1985 and 2000.

Professor Wu says that contributing factors are changes to traditional diet, reduced levels of physical activity, and a more sedentary lifestyle. He suggests that action is needed, including lifestyle education and listing the prevention and control of obesity as a goal in China’s framework and policy on health.

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