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The Shanghai Daily reports that health authorities are warning that the city is rapidly approaching an “obesity epidemic” as new findings from the Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau show that almost 40% of adult in Shanghai are overweight or obese.
“The rise in obesity among children and adults is very disturbing,” said Li Guangyao, deputy director of the Shanghai Health Promotion Committee. “It will lead to many health problems and should be given attention.”
The findings of another survey, released at the end of 2011 by Shanghai health authorities, showed that the average weight of male residents has increased by 2.9 kg when compared with 2000. Over that same period, the average waistline of men has increased 2.3 cm.
“More health campaigns and public education activities are urgently needed to help residents better understand the harm being overweight or obese can do, and prompt them to keep moving and take measures on weight control,” said Chen Wenhe, a professor at Shanghai University of Sport.
A citywide survey conducted this year by the Shanghai Health Promotion Committee, which surveyed about 8,600 residents aged 18 or over, found that adults spend a lot of time on sedentary pursuits.
If the fact that your sedentary, inactive lifestyle could be killing you wasn’t enough incentive to start exercising regularly, the Shanghai Health Promotion Committee is also offering a prize of up to 2,000 RMB for residents who can show they successfully lost 3kg.
You should also stop smoking.