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Why Are China’s Children Getting So Fat?


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When we think of obesity, we often think of it as a Western issue. But, surprisingly, China is having obesity problems too.


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Some Chinese Grandparents Are Making Their Grandkids Fat
NPR – http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/07/29/427066070/chinese-grandparents-are-making-their-grandkids-fat
“Too much love and affection from Grandma and Grandpa are helping China’s “little emperors” pack on the pounds. That is, children in China who are mainly cared for by grandparents are twice as likely to be overweight or obese, according to a study published this month in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.”

Study: China’s Pessimistic Little Emperors Pose Economic Risk
Wall Street Journal – http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/01/11/study-chinas-pessimistic-little-emperors-pose-economic-risk/
“China’s effort to control the country’s booming population in 1979 gave birth to one of the world’s largest social experiment, enabling scientists to ask: What are the effects of being an only child?”

The role of grandparents in childhood obesity in China – evidence from a mixed methods study
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity – http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/12/1/91
“The current literature on the influences of family environment on childhood obesity is predominantly based on western populations and has focused on the role of parents. This study examined the influence of grandparents on the development of obesity among Chinese primary school aged children.”

Educating China’s elderly to fight obesity in the young
University of Birmingham – http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2015/03/Educating-Chinas-elderly-to-fight-obesity-in-the-young.aspx
“Academics from the University of Birmingham are engaging with grandparents in China, to help tackle the increasing problem of obesity amongst Chinese children in a trailblazing public health programme.”



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