A new study has found that 1 in 5 Chinese are either overweight or obese, breaking the previous conclusion that China was once a lean nation. The problem is becoming worse among children, especially boys.
The study in the British Medical Journal states: "China was once considered to have one of the leanest populations, but it is fast catching up with the West in terms of the prevalence of overweight and obesity..."
28 times more children aged 7 to 18 were overweight in 2000 compared with a consensus conducted in 1985. Obesity in that same age group rose four times over those 15 years. The definitions of overweight were made by the World Health Organisation.