BEIJING, June 18 (Xinhuanet) -- China is expected in
10 years to have at least 200 million people who suffer from obesity, a disease
that carries the danger of early death, Chinese medical experts have warned.
China has now over 90 million obese people, whose
weight exceeds the standard 20 percent, according to the Information Times.
Obesity easily causes diabetes, gall-stones,
cardiovascular diseases and hepatomegaly, said Zhang Zhongcheng, chief doctor
with Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
"The danger of early death for fat people is 1.3 to 2
times greater than for ordinary people," he was quoted as saying by the
Additionally, heaviness pressures the spine and the
lower limbs,which could bring on pain in parts of the body and even
malformation, he said.
Unlike what most people think, fat people, along with
the thin,are patients who are suffering from a nutritional disturbance for lack
of certain nutritional elements, said Deng Aimin, vice-chief doctor with
Guangzhou Liuhuaqiao Hospital.
"The fat children, for instance, usually lack iron
and calcium," he was quoted as saying.
Experts say obesity mainly comes of unhealthy
lifestyles, whichfeature a excessive eating and little exercise. Genetics factor
also contribute 16 percent.
Among the obese, children are the most disturbing. 10
percent are obese and the number is undergoing an annual 8 percent increase, the
paper quoted Chen Chaogang, chief doctor of The Second Hospital of the Zhongshan
University, as saying. Enditem