Poor pic­ture of health in Shang­hai

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - A RE­PORT ON THE HEALTH

of Shang­hai’s white-col­lar work­ers sug­gests that last year over 95 per­cent of those sur­veyed had out­stand­ing health prob­lems, about 8 per­cent higher than that in 2011. Thep­a­per.cn com­mented on Thurs­day:

Many Shang­hai white-col­lar em­ploy­ees are over­weight and suf­fer from fatty liver and se­vere hy­per­triglyc­eridemia, all caused by un­healthy di­ets and sched­ules, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. The un­promis­ing health ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults seem to con­tra­dict the ex­er­cise craze over the past few years.

Peo­ple nowa­days are more aware of the need to ex­er­cise reg­u­larly and eat healthily. Run­ning marathons, in par­tic­u­lar, has be­come a fa­vorite pas­time of many ur­ban­ites. In 2013, there were only 39 marathons reg­is­tered with the Chi­nese Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion; the num­ber had rock­eted to 328 in 2016, when nearly 2.8 mil­lion marathon run­ners signed up for the events. It is a trend that looks set to con­tinue.

Sta­tis­tics also show more than 70 per­cent of Chi­nese run­ners have a bach­e­lor’s de­gree or above and

de­cent white col­lar jobs, it is thus be­wil­der­ing that so many white-col­lar work­ers fail to ben­e­fit from their fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence and the grow­ing love for sports.

It is pos­si­ble that many do not follow sci­en­tific in­struc­tions while work­ing out or their di­etary plans are flawed. But a pre­vi­ous re­port is­sued by the State Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sport may of­fer a more plau­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion: some gym en­thu­si­asts who post pho­tos of their work­outs are sim­ply pos­ing.

Less than 34 per­cent of the in­ter­vie­wees work out on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, and the fig­ure would drop to around 10 per­cent if stu­dents and ser­vice­men are ex­cluded. Ei­ther way, the longdis­tance run­ning craze does not tell the whole story. Those who do not ex­er­cise enough must pay close at­ten­tion to their health.

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