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Shanghai healthiest but men get fatter

MALE residents in Shanghai are getting fatter, but the city remained at the top of the country in health quality last year, local sports and health authorities said yesterday.

According to the 2010 national health report, 94.7 percent of people in Shanghai were healthy, while the average for the country was 88.9 percent. Shanghai led the country in all age brackets.

The biggest disappointment was the increasing weight of male adults, according to the report. Compared with the last national health report of 2005, Shanghai men gained 1.4 kilograms while adding 0.5 centimeters in height, 1.7 centimeters in chest circumference, 2.3 centimeters in waist circumference and 1.9 centimeters in bottom circumference, the report said.

The situation was more serious in the 20-29 age group, in which men's weight increased 2.8 kilograms. The overweight rate of all men was 38.2 percent, 1.8 percentage points more than five years ago, and that of obesity was 11 percent - an increase of 2.3 percentage points, according to the report.

"The trend of obesity is increasing, which is not a good sign," said Professor Yang Binghui of Zhongshan Hospital. "Chinese traditionally think getting fat means you're happy, which however is misleading."

Yang encouraged residents to partake in more sports or other exercise to keep fit.

"To the young people, the intensity of the sport could be increased to make it more effective," Yang told reporters yesterday.

Li Yuyi, director of the Shanghai Sports Bureau, used himself as an example to encourage residents.

"I lost about 5 kilograms of weight since I was transferred to the city's sports system last year," Li said. "I do fast walking every night for at least 30 minutes no matter if it's raining or snowing."

"According to our investigation, 40 percent of the residents do regular exercises, which is good but not enough," said Li.

The national report was based on the sampling of residents from three to 69 years old. They were broken down into these groups: children aged three to six, students seven to 17, young and middle-aged adults 18 to 59, and older adults from 60 to 69.

For each group, data included height, weight and fat content. Other physical measurements were taken depending on the age group.


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