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Chronic diseases blamed on unhealthy lifestyles top killer of Shanghai residents

CHRONIC diseases have become the top killer of local residents, among which there are over 5 million hypertension patients and nearly 2 million diabetes patients, officials said today.

About 31.35 percent of local adults are overweight and 8.55 percent are obese, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission said while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

What's worse, the waist of about 42.75 percent of people is too big, which is even more dangerous than overall obesity and can raise the risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cancer and other diseases.

For Chinese, a body mass index or BMI of over 24 indicates overweight. Obesity starts at a BMI of 28. BMI helps measure the amount of body fat based on height and weight.

These are lower thresholds than in the West due to genetic differences.

About 21.71 percent of the residents don't get enough exercise.

Unhealthy lifestyles that include smoking, excessive alcohol drinking, eating too much and too little exercise are risk factors that exposing local people to chronic diseases.


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