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From Famine to Feast: Overweight Chinese

Over *70 million Chinese are classed by the health ministry as overweight, while 20 percent of urban children are now considered overweight or obese. For China's white collar families, lifestyle and diet changes over the last two decades have been immense. There is even a health club boom in prosperous big cities. But at US600 or $700 for a membership of a trendy fitness club, joining is not an option for the struggling urban worker, nor is it likely to be necessary. Business people find themselves loosening their belts more than others because of the crucial role that entertaining plays in Chinese business culture. But at least they can afford the the fitness club membership.

*Seventy million out of 1.3 billion is not much in percentage terms, but in sheer numbers it is equivalent to the population of the UK and Greece combined.

Source: Time Asia Aug. 5 2002

 
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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