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Obesity on the rise in China

Lying on a bed at Shanghai Xiangshan hospital, Wang Jie’s thick arms and rotund belly are ominously covered with tens of acupuncture needles, a traditional Chinese treatment that has helped him lose 20kg so far. “It doesn’t hurt at all,” the cherub faced 21-year-old said cheerfully. “Thirty minutes everyday, and then you wont have that strong desire to eat.”

Dressed in an oversized t-shirt that conceals some of his 125kg, the six-foot computer games aficionado has come to Shanghai to join one of a growing number of nationwide weight loss programs. Long seen as an American illness stemming from a culture of over-indulgence, modernising China is now finding it too has an obesity problem, as waistlines, particularly among youngsters, expand faster than its booming economy.

Read the original article at: The Australian

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