China Follows The West To Becoming Obese

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Overweight and Obesity in China

People in China are becoming overweight and obese at an alarmingly fast rate, according to an editorial in this week's BMJ.

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Numbers of people in China who are now classified as overweight and obese have risen sharply in a relatively short time, says Professor Yangfeng Wu from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing.

They account for one fifth of the world's population in this condition, despite China once being seen as country with a lean population.

Figures from the 2002 national nutrition and health survey in China showed 14.7% of Chinese were overweight and another 2.6% were obese

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