-Graduating Chinese secondary school students must now take a physical education examination, and students who fail the exam would not be able to gain admission into prestigious schools. This is part of China’s move to get students to become more physically fit, fighting the obesity epidemic.


– Girls in the region of Calabar, Nigeria have to be fattened up, so as to find good husbands. Although the practice is both frowned on and illegal, there is no shortage of takers.


-Obesity in China is a major health concern according to the WHO, with overall rates of obesity below 5% in the country, but greater than 20% in some cities.

-in 2007, 200 million Chinese are overweight

-Packing a few extra pounds has traditionally been seen as a sign of wealth in China, but serious obesity and its accompanying health problems has given many Chinese second thoughts about that attitude

-As of March 2010, the obesity rate in Japan was a mere 3%.


-In 2010, no states in US had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.

-In 2008, New York City and California have passed a law on menu labelling, requiring fast-food chains to post the calorie content of their products visibly on the menu instead of online or in a separate brochure. In 2006 many states in the US have also banned restaurants from using artifical trans fats. South Los Angeles, which has a particularly high prevalence of obesity, has approved legislation that prevents new fast-food restaurants from opening up in its 32-square-mile domain.

-Many school districts prohibit vending machines that sell soda in schools, and others have even banned the practice of bake sales on school premises, arguing that these seemingly innocent events make unhealthy foods too easily available to youngsters.

-In 2009, 33 US states had a sales tax on soft drinks, which would go towards improving healthcare.


-Northeast Elementary Magnet School in the US received the Gold award for Alliance for a Healthier Generation. They have been very successful in getting children to lead healthy lifestyles. The cafeteria here serves fresh fruit and veggies, low-fat or no-fat milk, no sodas or fried foods and no gooey desserts. There are no sweets on kids’ birthdays and food is never used as a reward. Teachers wear pedometers and parents have to sign a contract committing to the school’s healthy approach.


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