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Today's kids - fat, with rotten teeth and specs

OBESITY, tooth decay and short sight are the major health problems among Shanghai children, according to an annual health report published yesterday.

Fat children accounted for 14 percent of primary school students and 12 percent of middle school students last year. Thirty-one percent of primary pupils and 40 percent of middle pupils had tooth decay, while 67 percent and 32 percent respectively were short sighted, according to the report cited by today's Oriental Morning Post.

Despite that, city children lead their peers in health across the nation and are healthier than the city's targets.

For example, the death rate was 0.296 percent among infants and 0.374 percent for children aged under five, under the city's targets of 7 percent and 9 percent respectively.

The ratio of newborn boys and girls in Shanghai remained at the natural rate of 104.5:100, according to the report.


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