Fighting Obesity is a Worldwide Struggle
The Obesity Problem in China In 2002, there were nearly 300 million overweight people in China. As in the United States, the problem was particularly prevalent in urban children and adolescents. According to a health expert with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overweight and obese Chinese will increase to 66 percent in the next 20 years if preventative measures are not taken. This will have a significant impact on the health system; health care costs associated with obesity outweigh, if you will, those of other diseases, including cancer and AIDS, according to China’s People’s Daily. The most recent national health survey revealed that 22.8 percent of Chinese adults were overweight, and seven percent were obese. Urban boys between the ages of seven and 22 have an obesity rate of 11.39 percent, and 13.25 percent are classified as overweight. The overall percentage of overweight and obese Chinese is still lower than the US rate, but it is increasing more rapidly. Why? More Money May Lead to More Fat Scientists blame the economic growth the country is experiencing, which has resulted in more sedentary jobs, less physical activity, and Western-style food. There is no doubt that the expanding economy is also expanding waistbands, and the higher consumption of sugary, starchy, and “bad” carb-laden foods is playing a big role. Good Nutrition Curbs Weight Gain Weight loss is not always simple, but the first step often is: good nutrition. Eating foods rich in nutrients and antioxidants is key. No one is immune to weight gain, but with the right tools, it’s an enemy that can be fought.