Health crisis looms as China's overweight number 325 million

17:15, October 19, 2010      

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Changsha Municipal Health Education Institute launched the Healthy Lifestyle Activity 2010 for all residents of Changsha on Oct. 18 advocating that the residents should keep a healthy body weight. Later on, 400 educational discs for spreading healthy lifestyle knowledge were distributed in communities.

Currently, China’s overweight population has reached 325 million, meaning there is an overweight person in every four adults. Over the past 15 years, more than 1 percent of China's population would become overweight in every year.

Experts say that if a person's waistline increases by one inch, his risk of getting cancer will be 10 times larger. The people of China have also started to gain weight at a younger age. The changed dietary structure caused by the faster pace of life and the lack of sports and physical work are the two key reasons for the sharp growth of China's overweight population.

He Jihua, vice mayor of Changsha, said to the residents that in order to keep a healthy body weight, efforts should be especially made for the youth. He said that scientific and correct body weight ideas should be popularized to the youth and proper and balanced diets should be offered to students to make them grow healthily and to avoid both obesity and malnutrition.

Parents and teachers should learn health knowledge, pay attention to their health, balance their diets and participate in sports, keep a healthy body weight and be a good example to their students and children.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:王千原雪)

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