Young women in Shanghai appear to be exceedingly more conscious of their health than young men in the city, a recent study has found, as they spend more time exercising and taking care of themselves than their computer-gaming male counterparts.
A survey of 2,000 people in Shanghai carried out by the No. 411 Hospital of People’s found that 74 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 35 play badminton, tennis or do yoga on a regular basis.
Only 28 percent of men in the same age group admit to exercising, and around 65 percent said they prefer staying at home to watch TV or play computer games, according to the survey.
On top of that, 80 percent of young women said they’ve seen a doctor for a health checkup within the last two years, while only 30 percent of men said they’ve gone.
Doctors also claim that the obesity rate among Shanghai’s men is rising, although that appears to be a country-wide epidemic.
As far as other health statistics go, previous figures from the Shanghai Disease Control and Prevention center showed that nearly one in 60 residents has been diagnosed with cancer.
Around two percent of females (all ages) in the city have been diagnosed with the disease, breast cancer being the most common type among patients. Comparatively, a slightly smaller 1.5 percent of men in Shanghai have been diagnosed with cancer, lung cancer being the most prevalent type among them.
Recently, doctors revealed that cases of colorectal cancer have seen a four-fold increase in Shanghai since the 1970s, making the disease second only to lung cancer in terms of prevalence in the city. Experts say that the upward trend is, in part, a result of lifestyle changes, including a decline in the consumption of healthy food and a more sedentary lifestyle.
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