Wednesday, September 06, 2006

China is Getting Fat Too.

"It's simple, if it jiggles, it's fat." ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

Over the last month I've commented on different news reports/articles about the rising obesity problem in Canada, England & the U.S.......well now its China's turn to be added to the list.

According to an article posted on MSNBC nearly 1 in 5 Chinese are overweight or obese.
"Nearly one in every five of China's more than 1.3 billion people are overweight or obese and the problem is getting worse among children, especially boys, according to a study.

The study, to be published in the Aug. 19 issue of the British Medical Journal, found that 10 million children from the ages of 7 to 18 were overweight in 2000, up 28 times from 1985.

Four million children were obese in that same age group in 2000, four times more than in 1985."

-MSNBC

According to the World Health Organization, China could suffer loses

of over $558 billion dollars over the next decade, due to premature deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

I was really surprised that the article didn't mention anything in regards to the influence of the western nations. China for years now has had a growing fascination with the western world trying to emulate clothing trends, celebrities, lifestyles, and even fast food.

It seems that China is becoming more like the western nations ever day, albeit in ways that they would rather avoid. The growing obesity problem in China should be setting off alarm bells everywhere, because if one of the leanest populations in the world is starting to succumb to obesity, something is definitely wrong and needs to be addressed.

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Anonymous katiebird36 said...

Hi Sir Squishy!

We've been reading these reports (it seems everyday there's another country reported to be stuggling with the problem) and it feels sort of like the finger of doom. Is it in our nature to become lazy eaters?

9:33 AM  

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