Urban children in China, the world’s most populous nation, average as much as 6.4 centimeters (2.5 inches) taller and 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) heavier than 30 years ago because higher incomes have boosted nutrition.
A survey of 138,775 children conducted nationwide last year found six-year-old boys in urban areas had average heights of 118.7 centimeters, compared with 112.3 centimeters in 1975, the Health Ministry(Âç´ÁîüÈÉ®Ôºâ said on its Web site yesterday. They weighed an average 21.7 kilograms last year, compared with 18.7 kilograms in 1975, it said.
A four-year investment boom has powered annual economic expansion of 10 percent in China, double the global average. Last year, China surpassed the U.K. as the world’s fourth- largest economy. The nation’s economy expanded 10.7 percent in the first three quarters.