26 per­cent of el­e­men­tary kids over­weight: sur­vey

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Twenty-six per­cent of el­e­men­tary stu­dents in Tai­wan were over­weight or obese in 2013-2014, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a sur­vey re­leased Tues­day by the Health Pro­mo­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (HPA).

The over­weight and obe­sity rate was 32 per­cent among boys and 20 per­cent among girls.

The re­sults show a slight im­prove­ment from 2001- 2002, when 28.2 per­cent of el­e­men­tary stu­dents were over­weight or obese (boys 31.8 per­cent; girls 24.2 per­cent).

Ac­cord­ing to the HPA, due to the no­tion of “thin is beau­ti­ful,” girls pay more at­ten­tion to their body im­age than boys. As a re­sult, the over­weight and obe­sity rate of girls has dropped sig­nif­i­cantly over the past 10 years, while that of boys has risen slightly.

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