The Fight for the History of China’s Great Famine

The Guardian’s Tania Branigan interviews former Xinhua journalist Yang Jisheng, author of Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine. The book, researched in secret and still unpublished in mainland China, has nevertheless been...

Let Them Eat Pop-Tarts!

While more companies are relying on Chinese tastes to produce luxury goods and cars, food companies, such as Nestle, have also followed suit. The Wall Street Journal reports Kellogg has now agreed to a joint venture to expand...

Will China Become the World’s Fattest Country?

In a recent article in the online magazine Death and Taxes, Matt Kiebus opens by playfully chiding the USA for the over-eating and under-exercising habits that have rightfully led to its reputation as the world’s most...

Tattooed? Overweight? The PLA Still Wants You

China Real Time Report explains newly relaxed enlistment requirements for the People’s Liberation Army. The PLA is eager to attract well-educated soldiers to fight the high-tech wars of the future, but resigned to a...

Doughnut Wars Give Shanghai a Sugar Jolt

The Washington Post describes doughnut vendors’ struggle to establish a beachhead in Shanghai, while other Western fast food firms move on to later stages in their China campaigns. Doughnut shops, once a rarity here, have...

Study: China Getting Fatter, But Not Like U.S.

Much has been made of the fact that obesity is becoming much more prevalent in China as people adapt Western diets and fast food outlets become ubiquitous in the big cities. But new research shows that the obesity epidemic in...

Shanghai Schoolchildren Getting “Very Fat Very Fast”

The past ten years have seen a surge in obesity rates among Shanghai’s schoolchildren, according to a Global Times report: Obesity among Shanghai schoolchildren has increased 24.4 percent in the last decade, according to a...

Feast and Famine

On his blog, Evan Osnos looks at two recent books about China which may not appear to be related but he finds the link: As historians have only begun to detail, Mao Zedong’s economic policies from 1958 to 1962 subjected his...

China Wrestles with Growing Obesity (Update)

Obesity rates in China are on the rise. From Calum MacLeod, of USA Today: The once-slim Chinese nation, kept thin by poverty and communist policies in the 20th century, is now on the fast track to a U.S.-style obesity crisis....

China’s Child Obesity Problem ‘Ballooning’

From AFP: Child obesity is ballooning into a big problem in China as ‘little emperors’ are increasingly getting an appetite for the Western couch-potato way of life, according to a study presented in Geneva. Almost...

They’re Big, But Not Yet Stars – Maureen Fan

The Washington Post looks at the band Qian Jin Zu He, composed of four overweight women, to examine the prejudice against the obese in Chinese society: Their success has been modest, but given the powerful discrimination against the obese in China, Xiao said her discovery by a talent agent has been “like a tree branch […]

China weighs threat of 60 million obese citizens – Reuters

From Reuters, an article about how increasing wealth and a changing lifestyle in China is leading to high levels of obesity: Newly rich China, where the wealth gap is expanding year by year, has more than double as many obese people as it has people living in abject poverty, Xinhua news agency said on Monday. […]

Study: Chinese Fatter, but More Fit – AP

From AP: Chinese men are fatter than they were five years ago, but overall Chinese are more physically fit, a government survey released Monday said. The survey of nearly half a million people between the ages of 3 and 69 found that 33.2 percent of adult males were overweight, a 1.3 percentage points higher than […]

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 […]



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