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City drafts health enhancement plan to fight obesity

SHANGHAI Health Bureau is doing a spot check for the legislation of China's first health enhancement law, which will require schools, hospitals, factories and government departments to promote health education and offer health protection for students, patients and employees.

A 10-year public health enhancement plan (2011-2020) is also under discussion and open for public opinion from now to December 27, bureau officials said today.

"Lifestyle is responsible for 60 percent of a person's health; the rest depends on his genes, medical service and the environment," said Li Zhongyang, director of the office of Shanghai Health Enhancement Commission. "Some local residents have unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking, excessive intake of oil and salt, and lack of physical exercise."

About 31 percent of Shanghai residents are overweight, 6 percentage points higher than the national level, and 8.9 percent of them are obese, compared with the national level of 7.6 percent.


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