China’s new wealth threatens to take heavy toll on health – Clifford Coonan

From The Independent (link):

China’s increasing wealth is stretching the country’s waistlines and threatening an epidemic of diabetes, cancer and other conditions that could kill up to 80 million people in the next 10 years, health officials say.

Chinese people are typically slim, but there are many more overweight children and adults in evidence in urban areas, a sign that people are switching from healthy local staples to sugar-laced Western foods. Lung cancer is also a major killer, and while smoking is banned in some public places and on transport, people still light up almost everywhere else.

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