Saturday, 17 November 2012

Obesity epidemic declared as 40% of Shanghai residents overweight

Shanghai is acting to head off an "obesity epidemic" as health authorities warn of a rising tide of diabetes and weight-related diseases.Roughly 40 percent of adults in Shanghai are overweight or obese, and one-fourth of residents do not exercise enough, according to a report by the Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau, released on Monday."The rise in obesity among children and adults is very disturbing," said Li Guangyao, deputy director of the Shanghai Health Promotion Committee. "It will lead to many health problems and should be given attention."In a recent academic paper, sports scientist Colin Boreham found that over the past 20 years, the number of obese Chinese men has grown from 3 percent to 11 percent, while the number of obese women has increased from 5 percent to 10 percent.Abdominal obesity problems are particularly prominent, wrote Boreham, director of University College Dublin's Institute for Sport and Health.The ratio of men with abdominal obesity, meaning with a waist circumference of 90 cm or more, increased from 8 percent to 28 percent, while women with abdominal obesity, a waist circumference of 80 cm or more, increased from 28 percent to 46 percent.The findings of another survey, released at the end of 2011 by Shanghai health authorities, showed that the average weight of male residents has increased by 2.9 kg when compared with 2000. Over that same period, the average waistline of men has increased 2.3 cm.

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