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Too many people work to death in China

(CRI Online)

10:23, October 30, 2012

Statistics show that over 600,000 people die from overwork each year in China, sounding an alarm concerning health problems, China National Radio reports.

Quite a number of online shop owners in China have suddenly died recently due to "fatigue," said the report.
A part-time online shop owner surnamed Liu confirms the assumption, saying that the job leaves her no time to rest. She adds that mental stress could be the ultimate straw that breaks their backs.

Apart from health problems of online shop owners, many white collar workers also admit they work too hard and are in poor health, according to a survey of 1,000 of them.

Song Wenzhi, a professor at Peking University's School of Public Health, says individuals should relieve themselves of pressure and avoid overly stressful work. Exercise and rest are encouraged at regular intervals at companies.

Tian Chenghua, a doctor at Peking University Sixth Hospital, stresses the importance of seeking help when feeling too much pressure.

"Most people will not go to a doctor when they are suffering from mental stress and anxiety. If they have difficulties tackling the problem, they should consult professionals. Doctors, psychiatrists and consultants all can help," Tian says.

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