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By Bernd Chang

Rapid economic development and urbanization have changed the lifestyle of Chinese people, as well as increased their waistlines. China is increasingly inflicted with the problem of obesity of the people. And the risk of losing control of the battle against obesity still exist.

The number of obese Chinese is increasing at a daunting speed that is much higher than the GDP growth of China. According to WHO statistics, the percentage of adult fat Chinese has increased from 25% in 2002 to 38.5% in 2011.

Most of fat Chinese get fat due to uncontrolled diet. The bitter memory of the great famine during the 1960s thanks to Great Leap Forward Movement motivated by Mao Zedong, the traditional Chinese motto that food is the No.1 need of the people, deeply influence and is still influencing Chinese appetite on food. Most Chinese indulge themselves in delicious diet and encourage their children to eat more, which is actually not good for their health.

Rapid urbanization and commercialization bring western eating habits. Young Chinese consume more high-calorie diet and deposit more fat in their body in pursuit of modern lifestyle.

But obesity is contrary to the traditional Chinese aesthetic criteria that considers thinness as good-looking. Most Chinese take a peculiar look at those fat group of people, which put mental pressure on them as well.

More serious is that obesity brings health problems to the fat people. Obesity can cause many diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, corollary heart disease, etc.

Obesity also brings inconvenience to the daily life of the fat people. The heavy body often becomes their burden in walking or even moving a little. Chinese fat people begin to enter hospital or weight loss centers to receive  treatment.

There are many method for reducing weight. Most Chinese fat people take sports and exercise to lose weight, some people choose treatment by traditional Chinese medicine. And others take some peculiar methods such as surgery to reduce the fat in their body. 

Through weight-loss treatment, some people suffering from obesity do succeed in losing some weight and gain confidence in heart and become more active in associating with others.

Besides adult obesity, juvenile obesity appears to be more serious problem in China. Chinese parents usually encourage their children to eat more and some of them often bring their children to fast food restaurants like KFC, McDonalds to eat the junk food.

And China’s one-child policy aggravate the problem because parents tends to spoil their only child  compared to the elder generations. Surely the children of indulgent parents will easily eat more food.

And lack of sport is one of the top reasons  why more Chinese juveniles get obese. Obesity severely affects the growing up of the juveniles in many aspects. On one side, too much weight hinders the bone development, on the other side, they usually have the sense of inferiority for their fat figure.

Adults can reduce weight through surgery and medication, which is not suitable for children and juveniles. So obese children have no choice but to lose weight through sports and diet.

Swimming is a good sport for children and juveniles to reduce weight. When they move in the water, the buoyant force of the water reduce the burden the heavy body put on their bone and heart, making them feel comfortable. Compared to sport on the hard land, the risk to harm the joints and bone is significantly reduced.

Shortly after China manages to get enough food to stuff the stomach of the people,  China faces the new challenge of solving the obesity problem of  the people due to excessive diet.

(via NetEase)

 

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