One in five urban youths in China obeseNovember 15th, 2008 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Nov 15 (Xinhua) One in every five youngsters in urban China is overweight, the health ministry has said, expressing concern over the growing number of diabetics among children and adolescents in big cities.The ministry, which released the data during an event organised in Beijing to mark the second UN World Diabetes Day Friday, said about 12 percent of youths in urban areas of the country were obese, a major cause of diabetes.
Poor diet and lack of proper awareness about the disease among parents led to the problem, the ministry emphasised during the event, the theme of which this year was “Diabetes in Children and Adolescents”.
In Wuhan, capital city of central Hubei province, hospitals recorded more than 600 children and adolescents with diabetes, according to the ministry data. In 2004, the figure was just four.
China has an estimated 40 million diabetics, according to a survey conducted by the Chinese Medical Association in 2007. Most of these cases were found in cities and affluent rural areas.
On Friday, Beijing launched a month-long campaign to raise public awareness of diabetes, encouraging healthy lifestyles from a young age as a preventive measure.
The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau Friday organized a workshop at the Olympic Green to give free advice to people on preventing and treating diabetes.
Speaking on the occasion, Heath Minister Chen Zhu said: “About 80 percent of diabetes cases can be avoided as long as people adhere to sound lifestyles.”
“The preventative measures should be taken among children and adolescents,” he said, and called on people to give up all their bad habits and resort to a healthy lifestyle.