Posts Tagged ‘China’

What Leveling off in China?

September 3rd, 2015

An article in the International Journal of Obesity reports that BMI and overall obesity has been leveling-off but waist circumference and abdominal obesity, which are independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease, have continued to rise. The authors opine that the obesity transition epidemic in rapidly developing countries may be much faster than in Western societies.

China’s Childhood Obesity Rate Soars

October 15th, 2012

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

What’s New in Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan-stan or the serious picture of global obesity

November 6th, 2011

Americans tend to think that obesity is a home-grown phenomenon, a reflection of our consumer-oriented society. Yet, obesity is a global phenomenon and not only in other Western industrialized countries. In fact, obesity is occurring throughout the world at a rapid pace and in a lot of countries you might not expect. Here’s a sample of some recent studies.

Obesity prevalence in male school children in Saudi Arabia was found to be 9.7% and 14.2% for overweight, approaching levels in developed countries. It was noted in the study that mothers of obese and overweight children had less education and worked more. The children also missed breakfast more, had frequent consumption of fast food and low daily consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products.  Overweight and Obesity and their Association with Dietary Habits, and Sociodemographic Characteristics Among Male Primary School Children in Al-Hassa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

We have previously looked at increases of obesity in China. Now, there is a review article of the epidemics of obesity, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome The emerging epidemic of obesity, diabetes… [Cardiol Res Pract. 2012] – PubMed – NCBI Here’s a number of staggering proportions: the number of overweight or obese Chinese: 401 Million, a prevalence of 29.9%.

Greenland sees changes in physical activity among the native Inuit people who are experiencing rapid social transition. Compared to traditional hunters and fishermen, women in the latest stage of change engage in less domestic physical activity; men in less occupational physical activity.




A study from western Iran found the incidence of type 2 diabetes was increased by obesity at all ages and by extreme leanness in childhood. Being obese throughout life doubled type 2 diabetes prevalence in women. And here’s something you don’t find in many studies: prevalence was increased by green tea and opium consumption. Diabetes mellitus and its correlates in an Iranian … [PLoS One. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI

A study of 14,425 subjects in Nepal found that 32% were obese, 28% were overweight, 6.3% were diabetic and 34% had hypertension. Prevalence was higher in the less educated, those working at home and women. Prevalence of hypertension, obesity, diabete… [Int J Hypertens. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI Nepal is one of the low and middle income countries hit with both infectious disease burden as well as rising incidence of non-communicable diseases frequently characterized by obesity. Low health literacy rates complicate strategies to address the challenges. Obesity prevalence in Nepal:… [Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010] – PubMed – NCBI

An obesity rate of 53.9% is reported in Sudan The state of heart disease in Sudan. [Cardiovasc J Afr. 2011 Jul-Aug] – PubMed – NCBI

If you are wondering about Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan-stan, there is news there too. A national survey has found a strong association between obesity and hypertension in Uzbekistan. Epidemiology of obesity and hypertension and… [Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006] – PubMed – NCBI

More Bad News from China

September 27th, 2011

As we have previously reported, rising rates of obesity in China are a major concern, not only to that country but globally. Now comes yet another study showing increasing rates of obesity in suburbs of Beijing. Prevalence of overweight/obesity and its associat… [Obes Facts. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI

Asian Rates of Diabetes and Obesity Set to Explode

July 7th, 2011

An analysis of over 900,000 individuals in 18 cohorts from 7 Asian nations (Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan) show an overall prevalence of diabetes  of 4.3%, ranging from 0.5% TO 8.2%. The positive association between BMI and diabetes prevalence was observed in all cohorts and all subgroups, although the association was stronger for younger individuals. The results were similar no matter whether the standard or ‘Asian” cutoffs are used. The authors note that the fast rising rates of obesity in these countries, For example, in rural China, the prevalence of overweight has increased from 5.3% in men to 13.6% and from 9.8% in women to 14.4%. Rates of obesity increased from 0.5% in men to 1.8% and from 0.7% in women to 3.0%. This, the authors note, “ has profound implications for the expected number of diabetes patients who will be diagnosed in this region in future decades. PLoS ONE: Body Mass Index and Diabetes in Asia: A Cross-Sectional Pooled Analysis of 900,000 Individuals in the Asia Cohort Consortium

China’s Continuing Childhood Obesity Crisis

June 25th, 2011

A new study from Shanghai indicates China’s problem with childhood obesity continues to grow. This article from Australia implies that China’s one-child population control policy may have resulted in parent’s over-indulging their only child as a sign of love. See:  China’s spoilt generation takes obesity to new level

Will China Tip the Global Obesity Scales?

June 20th, 2011

Global rates of obesity have been growing, particularly in urban areas undergoing a transition to a Western lifestyle. Now research is coming out of a less industrialized area of China indicating high rates of overweight and obesity among school children. Among 2,000 primary and secondary students in Macao, 18% of boys and 20% of girls were overweight or obese with a significant proportion having cardiometabolic risk factors. Global epidemics of childhood obesity is hitting a… [Int J Pediatr Obes. 2011] – PubMed result  Predictably, another study found higher obesity was associated with increases in blood pressure in Chinese children and adolescents. Increase in Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference a… [J Int Med Res. 2011] – PubMed result