Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Vittle Kingdom

The Chinese are getting fat:

China’s urban areas are booming economically, but that trend is paralleled by another one with serious implications for public health: obesity rates have skyrocketed over the last generation. The number of Chinese people who are obese quintupled between 2005 and 2011, to nearly 100 million people. The World Health Organization estimates that 38.5 percent of the population was overweight in 2010, up from 25 percent in 2002. Male children from high-income families have an especially high rate of obesity.

Since they aren't Americans, we can all be grateful that it isn't due to some moral or cultural failing. I'm sure there is some ancient and wise reason more of them are eating more vittles.

Mayor Bloomberg could offer advice, I'm sure.