Death of over-weight man spurs obesity concerns
The death of a 22-year-old man who weighed nearly 300 kg (661 pounds) when he died from lung and heart failure should serve as a wakeup call to China’s growing problems with obesity, according to an expert.
Sun Liang died in the People’s Hospital of Rizhao on Sunday after doctors were unable to revive him when his heart beat suddenly dropped.
“Sun Liang is an extreme case of obesity. But it represents a growing trend,” said Yuan Qun, director of the endocrinology department at the Air Force General Hospital of the People’s Liberation Army.
In 2013, the State General Administration of Sports reported in a survey that 34.4 percent of Chinese between the ages of 20 and 69 were overweight and that 12.7 percent were obese. (Photo 4)