With a mind to tackle the rising obesity in the country, Chinese state officials have issued its first medical guideline to help overweight people get lighter. According to the China International Exchange and Promotive Association for Medical and Health Care, the guideline, which was issued on the weekend, covers the general principles and methods by which the Chinese citizens and anyone in China can lose weight and keep it off.
In development for over a year, the guidelines are a result of the collective efforts of nearly 100 doctors and nutritionists, the China Daily reported according to an IANS news article. A report released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission in 2014 said about nearly a third of the people in China aged 18 or older are overweight, which is a huge figure and represents an increase of more than 7 percentage points since 2002. In addition, the number of overweight people is increasing faster than in many developed countries.
This has led to the rising prevalence of many chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases, as well as metabolic risk syndrome. To counter this the guideline will be initiated as a pilot programme, and will be adopted by 39 major public hospitals across the country. “These hospitals will open special clinics for reducing weight They will provide services including updated health records and customised weight-loss plans,” Chen is quoted as saying in the report.
April 7 was celebrated as World Health Day and this year’s theme was ‘Beating Diabetes’ with a lot of discussion on factors and preventive measures in India. Diabetes is one disease that cannot be ignored. It can have a cascading effect on the rest of your vitals. But one of the misconceptions about it is that it can only happen to the elderly or those who eat too much sugar. It can, in fact, occur in any age group.
Obesity is one of the leading causes of diabetes, along with sedentary lifestyle and bad diet. Scientists now believe that by 2025, one-fifth of the world will be obese and thus directly in the cross-hairs of diabetes. This could have disastrous consequences for generations of humans to come. Thus the very cause of diabetes should be tackled at an early stage especially during childhood.