According to a recent study, China now ranks second behind the United States as the country with...
by Samuel Wade | Jan 3, 2013
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 The book, researched in secret and still unpublished in mainland China, has nevertheless been...
by Sophie Beach | Jul 18, 2011
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...
by Samuel Wade | Jun 22, 2011
At the Telegraph, Malcolm Moore reports on the increase in obesity among Shanghai’s schoolchildren, in the wake of China’s first competitive eating contest: The latest report from Shanghai’s Jiaotong university...
by Samuel Wade | May 31, 2011
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...
by Paulina Hartono | Dec 19, 2008
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....
by Sophie Beach | Sep 5, 2007
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 […]
by Sophie Beach | Nov 6, 2006
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. […]
by Wu Nan | Sep 18, 2006
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 […]
by Sophie Beach | May 11, 2006
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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