China is rapidly becoming an overweight nation, a government survey revealed. According to the report, obesity levels across the country almost doubled in the space of 10 years. The biggest problem is among the fast growing urban population where 12% of adults and 8% of children are considered obese, the survey said. A separate city study in Beijing found that as many as 60% of people in the capital were overweight, the Beijing Morning Post reported. Health officials blamed a surge in consumption of fatty fast foods and a decline in exercise for the increase. One doctor quoted in the China Daily said another issue was the country's one child policy, which, especially with boys, had created a generation of little emperors. "They tend to get fed an awful lot," she was quoted as saying.
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