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Obesity rate among Shanghai kids drops slightly

Shanghai children's obesity rate is leveling off for the first time, according to a report on the health of the city's primary and middle school students, which is released today.
Last year about 16.9 percent of Shanghai children reported obesity, a 0.6 percent decrease from 2010. Nearly 40 percent have normal weight and the remainders are either overweight or underweight.
Though the decrease of obese children is fractional, education authorities are nonetheless pleased with it as it signals "the growing trend of obesity has been reversed."
The authorities attributed the decrease to the inclusion of a physical test in the high school entrance exam. Students are forced to exercise in order to enter high schools. But once they are in high school, their health begins to deteriorate, the report shows.
The report is based on physical tests of 1.2 million students, about 93.3 percent of all Shanghai primary and high school students.


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