Waistlines continue to grow
As the nation's economy and power continue to grow, Chinese people are getting taller, but they are also putting on weight at a worrisome rate, according to a report released by the National Health Commission on Wednesday.
More than half of Chinese people age 18 and above are obese or overweight owing to unhealthy diets and static lifestyles, according to the report, which surveyed the nutritional condition and chronic diseases of people in China from 2015 to 2019.
At the beginning of the century, less than one in three adult Chinese were considered obese or overweight, according to data from the commission.
The proportion of the younger population facing weight issues is also alarming.
The report shows that nearly 20 percent of youngsters aged 6 to 17 and more than 10 percent of children younger than 6 are either obese or overweight.
The average height of Chinese people aged 18 to 44 has increased to 169.7 centimeters for males and 158 cm for females, thanks to an increased intake of high-quality protein, such as dairy products, seafood and poultry, according to the report.