Oh Shanghai Daily, sometimes you are a gem. In a recent issue (okay, it’s from sometime last week – to be fair, we usually read it online), our city’s paper of record tackled the problem of obesity, particularly childhood obesity, skyrocketing in Shanghai. It’s an issue worthy trumpeting – Shanghainese children are three times more likely than their Chinese peers to be obese – but maybe not in the way Shanghai Daily does it?
Or maybe this is the best way, because this has to be the funniest article on fat kids we’ve ever read. Besides the genius headlines and the pictures of babies (which, we’d like to point out, CAN be that fat and still be considered healthy) and how the article just devolves into a list of advice near the end, there’s also quotes like these:
- There’s a Chinese saying that child with a round broad face, like a tiger’s, is sturdy, healthy and smart – but it doesn’t mean fat. “Tiger head, tiger brain” (“hu tou hu nao”), it goes… Chunky sturdy kids are not the problem. Fatties are, both kids who are overweight and those who are obese, a more serious condition.
- “Some fat kids lack self-confidence and are unsociable as they cannot move as quickly as others,” says Dr Tang.
- “I know he is fat and he also knows he needs to lose weight,” says Li. “But whenever he starts eating, he forgets about losing weight and I cannot stay tough and take the food away.”
- “Praise and rewards (not food) are important when a child reaches each weight-loss goal.”
You can read the full article for yourself here. We’re guessing the exercise we get chuckling at this thing counts towards turning us into non-fatties, eh?