Obesity rate increases for Beijing teens
The obesity rate for children and teenagers in Beijing increased to 20 percent in 2013 from 14 percent in 2006, significantly higher than the national average, according to the annual Report on Beijing Healthy City Construction.
The average rate nationwide for males and females was 8.6 and 4.1 percent in 2010, the most recent year for which national figures are available, according to the report jointly issued by seven organizations.
Nearly 19 percent
of male students and 11 percent of female students in Beijing were obese in 2010, the report said
Research conducted in 2012 shows that only 30 percent of the city’s primary and secondary schools required exercise for at least one hour a day.
In 2013, the commission required primary and secondary schools in Beijing to ensure one hour’s daily exercise for students. It also recommended a healthy diet menu to schools that provided lunch to the students.