China’s Childhood Obesity Rate Soars

October 15th, 2012 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

In 1986, China had no obesity epidemic in infants and preschool children. But by 2006, obesity prevalence had reached 4.1% in boys and 2.7% in girls, a 280% increase.  The study had a couple of interesting findings. First, prevalence among boys was increasing much faster than among girls, contrary to studies from the West and even Japan. Second, they observed an increase mainly among pre-school children but among infants. They note that exclusive breast-feeding for infants below six months has declined from 53.5% in 1995 to 32.8% in 2005. However, there was no difference between the obesity and control groups. Finally, family history of obesity was identified as a significant risk factor. PubMed:Secular trends in prevalence of obesity in infants and preschool children in China

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