01 Sep '11, 2am

China is getting fat fast as obesity rates soar

China is getting fat fast as obesity rates soar

Meals at the camp (above) are a far cry from what many participants are used to getting at home. At the camp, the food is specially prepared with less oil and is nutritionally balanced, with no second helpings. The only snacks are fruit and yogurt. -- PHOTOS: SIM CHI YIN By Sim Chi Yin, For The Straits Times BEIJING - By the time they arrived at the weight-loss summer camp, some of the Chinese youth could barely stretch their T-shirts over their plump bellies. One boy could hardly lie flat on his back at night, panting each time he lay down. The 70 obese children and teenagers holed up at a sports training centre on Beijing's outskirts are a telling sample of China's rising youth obesity rates - brought on by parents' indulgence over their 'little emperor', or one child, experts say. Background story GROWING PROBLEM 24.4% Increase in number of obese primary school children...

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