The" target="_BLANK">" target="_BLANK">National Health Commission has called for intensified efforts from the whole society to address weight control problems between children and adolescents.

The proportion of children under 6 years of age, whether with overweight or obesity, pink. For an average of almost 1 percentage point a year between 2002 and 2017, and on an average of more than 3 percentage points per year among children, 6 years or more, the Commission said.

In general, the proportion of children and adolescents under the age of 18 are overweight in China are higher than the global average. The proportion between children under 5 in China is close to that in Australia and the United States, the Commission said.

In addition, the public awareness of the need to control body weight is still generally lack. Many parents have not yet learned how to help their children develop good dietary and exercise habits, the Commission said.

Meanwhile, some schools have not paid enough attention to physical activity among students and do not provide obesity education. , control, prevention and management of minors, added.

Ding Gangqiang, director of the National Institute of Nutrition and Health, said about 16 percent of people between 6 and 17 years old in China are overweight or obese. A significant increase compared to decades due to the growing standard of living and changing lifestyles.

"Overweight conditions and obesity cause harm to physical growth and a psychological development of children and adolescents, and increases the possibilities of chronic diseases, such high blood pressure and diabetes," said Ding.

It is very important for the whole society, including parents and teachers, to work together to help minors train good eating habits to prevent them from being overweight, he added.

Several measures will be taken during the next 10 years to promote coordination and close cooperation among families, schools, communities and medical and health institutions to build a favorable environment for control and Prevention of obesity. To promote the healthy growth of minors, according to a plan published by the Commission in October.

The average annual increase in overweight and the proportion of obesity among children under 18 in China will be reduced by 70 percentage over the next 10 years, compared to the average growth rate between 2002 and 2017, He said the plan.


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