The number of obesity cases in China is going up at a dramatic rate say doctors in China. In the latest report released by the State Food and Nutrition Consultant Committee and reported by the Xinhua News Agency, 60 million Chinese residents are considered obese. Numbers to support that figure is rising number of cases of high blood pressure (160 million cases last year which is up from 90 million in 1991) and 20 million new cases of diabetes.
Pan Beilei, a deputy director with the State Food and Nutrition Consultant Committee said that the reason for the rising cases of obesity in the country is poor nutrition and eating habits within the more poverty stricken regions and states of the country. “An increasing number of Chinese are eating more fat and junk food but less grains and vegetables, leading to a high number of cases of high blood pressure and diabetes,” he says that in order to fight the problem, the income divide between regions must be narrowed.
In contrast, obesity is not the only problem within the country that Pan is worried about. Another epidemic that the country is fighting is the 20 million cases of poverty within the country that often times leads to malnutrition within residents of the country.