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Chinese child obesity levels on the increase for rich families

A recent study has discovered that the number of children suffering from obesity in China has risen.

Unlike in the UK, where people living in poorer areas are more likely to be obese, the children of wealthy families in China are the most at risk. In fact, obesity has been nicknamed the ‘disease of affluence’ in the Asian nation.

The International Association for the Study of Obesity revealed that the incidence of conditions associated with being overweight has become more prevalent in Chinese children, in some cases even more than in the US.

For example, 1.9% of children aged between 12 and 18 years old in China have diabetes, four times the level of American kids the same age. Meanwhile, 8.5% of teenagers in the US have arterial inflammation, but the Chinese figure is much higher at 12.1%.

According to the study, the wealthier a location is in the Asian country, the more likely it is that the children will be obese. This also increases the likelihood of suffering from diabetes in future years.

The reasons for the increased levels of child obesity are thought to be due to a lack of education about being overweight and the illnesses that it may lead to, combined with the ability to access foods that have high levels of sugar and fat.

Perhaps schools in China could adopt the UK policy of encouraging students to eat a nutritious diet by providing healthy tuckshop foods, like Teesside schools currently do.

Posted by Susan
November 5, 2014
Research

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