The battle of the bulge has been launched in China. The overweight children of the Chinese rich are paying as much as $1,000 American dollars a month to lose weight at fat camps, which are appearing across China and this is taking place in a culture where, historically, being overweight was and sometimes still is considered a sign of wealth and success.
However, many Chinese are learning that being overweight will cause health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. For women, obesity may affect pregnancy
China’s single children, an urban product of China’s one-child policy to control population growth, have been indulged and spoiled leading to an obesity epidemic.
Many Chinese in urban areas have lived sedentary lifestyles leading to serious health problems and weight issues.
At the Fat camps, these overweight Chinese spend several hours a day involved in sports activities. Meng Qing Gang, one fat camp participant, says, “We are in a health conscious era and are here to lose weight.”
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