China’s Hyped Economy Is To Be Blamed For Soaring Overweight Children

A recent study has found 1 in 5 of the Chinese children to be obese or overweight. The research has found that though China’s economic growth is only skyrocketing past 2 decades but along with it there was a reduction observed in the children growth thinness, stunting, and also a 4 times increase in the obese and overweight children in the country. The current study believes that taxation on the foods and beverages integrated with fats and sugars are the basic problem. Thus, there must be policies that can look into the taxation matter, encourage physical activity and health education programs, and add in subsidies to support dietary diversity.

China is worked so hard on its economic growth that it is the second largest revenue gainer in the world. The present study tries connecting the impact of economic growth on the malnutrition of any kind. The basic idea is to focus on the nutrition the children obtain. The increasing salary or other income sources has let the people purchase more food than required and to add it all the easy access to education and health care due to urbanization is currently proving to be a bane. The Chinese kids tend to eat more junk food and do less of physical activity, which is a major concern. According to Bai Li from the University of Birmingham, the children nowadays prefer sitting at home in front of the TV or computers rather playing outside. The fast-food chains are also one of the causes owing to the adoption of foods like this.

According to WHO, childhood obesity is a serious issue of the 21st century. The people in China have their lagging perception to be blamed for increasing childhood obesity. The poverty faced earlier by the grandparents results in them pampering their grandchildren in terms of food demands. According to the currents study, the thinness dropped from 7.5% to 4.1%, infections declined from 8.1% to 2.4%, and stunting became prevalent due to the long term shortage of nutrients. The childhood obesity can have an impact in adulthood and lead to type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and cardiovascular disease. The obese has increased by ten folds in the present day since 1995. A strong nutritional governance is required in China to avoid the prevalence of obesity in adults and children. The Coca-Cola Company plans to support China’s policies in promoting exercise rather than diet by safeguarding its sales.

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