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Plan details goals to curb childhood obesity

By WANG XIAODONG | | Updated: 2020-10-23 18:23
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Rising obesity among children and teenagers in China is expected to be greatly eased over the next 10 years, according to a plan released on Friday to tackle the worsening health problem among minors.

Average annual growth rates of the overweight and obesity ratios -- the percentages of people who are overweight or obese -- among people younger than 18 in China will be reduced by 70 percent between 2020 and 2030, compared with the average growth rates between 2002 and 2017, the plan said.

In areas more affected by the problems, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shaanxi province, average annual growth rates of the ratio and obesity ratios among minors will be reduced by 80 percent over the next 10 years.

The plan was released amid a rapid rise in the prevalence of obesity among children and teenagers in recent years, driven by economic development and changes in lifestyle, which has become a public health threat, according to the plan, jointly released by central government departments including the National Health Commission and the Ministry of Education.

Various measures will be taken to encourage close coordination and cooperation among families, schools, communities and medical and health institutions to build a favorable environment for obesity control and prevention to promote healthy growth of minors.

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