Fat Chinese on the Rise

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More signs that China is advancing economically: Chubsy-ubsyism is on the rise there, especially among adolescents. From National Geographic:

According to Zhai, in 2002 16.7 percent of school-age boys and 9.6 percent of school-age girls were obese. "In big cities it's a big problem," she said.

Zhai and other experts blame the extra fat on a range of factors, many of them tied to China's rapidly changing economy and culture….

The diets of Chinese adults and children are far higher in calorie-laden meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, fats, and sugars than ever before.

In addition, kids–especially city dwellers–are more sedentary today and spend more time indoors in front of homework, television, computer games, and the Internet.

Shuwen Ng is a health economist and doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She says that kids in China now have pocket money, and they spend a sizable portion of it on junk food. Ng adds that advertising and peer groups influence kids' food choices. Certain foods, such as new candies or fast food, have cachet.

China's childhood obesity rate still lags that of the United States, where some 15 percent of kids are said to be obese. But the long-term effects are equally serious.

Whole thing here.

Hat tip: The relatively new and wonderful blog OKfuture.net, which promises, "It's all going to be OK…sort of," and pulls together a fun, lively, and refreshingly idiosyncratic set of links about "news, science, nanotech, humor" and more.

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  1. Ah, but Mr. Gillespie, the far better piece on that site is the Canadian “apology.” (Of course, he’s wrong about the beer but then maybe he hasn’t had any American beer for a few decades. Canadians, I’m told, are slow to embrace change.)

  2. Wow. Great link. I’m hoping to stir my fourth graders’ minds with the piece entitled “Black Hole in a Pencil.

    Thanks for the tip, Nick.

  3. Guaranteed that by comment number 10 someone will have made a comment about how high obesity rates aren’t so bad and are a sign of prosperity and at least they’re not starving and god won’t those nannies stop trying to control other people the chinese already have enough taxes let them eat their Frosted Blubbertubs in peace who are we to judge them?

  4. high obesity rates aren’t so bad. and are a sign of prosperity. and at least they’re not starving. and god won’t those nannies stop trying to control other people. the chinese already have enough taxes. let them eat their Frosted Blubbertubs in peace. who are we to judge them?

  5. Well, what did they expect when they decided to engage in trade with the U.S.. you give use your low-priced consumer electronics goods, and we’ll give you our sugar-laden drinks like Coke and our mass-produced fat-laden foods like McDonald’s and KFC..

  6. Silly asians…they think they are american.

    (not to be derogitory to asian-americans who are american)

  7. all your obesity are belong to us…

  8. whit,

    “all your obese” would have been better, but that’s funny.

  9. We didn’t have this problem during the Cultural Revolution. A stint with the Red Guards was both enlightening and marvelously slimming.

    The right revisionists are ruining everything!

  10. Ah, crap. Now theyll want bigger cars…..

  11. The Chinks always seemed rather plump to my eyes…but maybe I’m thinking of the Cultural Revolution-era propaganda-film Chinks. Either way, welcome to our world, China. You’ve earned it.

  12. We didn’t have this problem during the Cultural Revolution

    That’s because they died or lost some serious weight during the Great Leap Forward.

  13. BTW: Is it true that the term “Chinaman” is considered a slur?

  14. I see that “Operation High Fructose Corn Syrup” is well underway. Muhahaha!

  15. I’m waiting for the Rickshaw Riots to start.

  16. It’s probably because they are always hungry again an hour later..

  17. I see that “Operation High Fructose Corn Syrup” is well underway. Muhahaha! – C-CE

    Good work. It’s tough to be a screaming Mongol horde when you are too fat to saddle up.

    Kevin

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