Sun Liang, a 22-year-old man who weighed nearly 300kg (660 pounds), died from complications with his weight which led to lung and heart failure on Sunday. Doctors and health experts hope Sun’s case will shed light on China’s growing problems with obesity.
The State General Administration of Sports has revealed that some 34.4 percent of the Chinese population between 20 and 69 years old are overweight, and 12.7 percent of those individuals are obese. Additionally, the Chinese Center for Disease Control has said that at least 120 million individuals under the age of 18 are obese which, combined with previously mentioned 12.7 percent, makes for one damn fat country.
Sun’s particular case was reported by China Daily:
The hospital has been unable to determine what caused Sun’s obesity [because] the thick layer of body fat has made diagnostic methods, including X-rays and ultrasound, impossible.
Sun’s cousin, who declined to give his name, said Sun had been only slightly obese before the age of 16, but quickly gained a lot of weight. Sun’s father told Qilu Evening News that his son could eat three times more than he could at each meal.
“He ate a lot of snacks, too,” the father said.