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Overview

China's economy has boomed, but a potentially disastrous side effect - along with pollution and a growing income gap between urban and rural regions - is the effects obesity will have on the country's fragile healthcare system. Today's overweight in China can look to a mixed future of bright economic hopes for their country, and poor and deteriorating health for themselves. From a situation 20 years ago when diets were limited by food availability, and famine was still a recent memory, China's urban centres have seen alarmingly rising rates of obesity. Throughout the country an estimated 200 million people out of a total population of around 1.3 billion were overweight (over 15%).

Why is this issue so important? Taking into account that the recent period of stable world economic growth has in large part been driven by the availability of cheap labour in China, which produces much of the goods that keep the retail tills ringing elsewhere in the world, the issue of China's rising obesity is an issue of potentially global economic significance. Consider a scenario just a few years down the line, where there are so many overweight urban Chinese, suffering from obesity-related illness, that the government, in order to pay for increased healthcare treatments, has to raise the levels of income and other tax to pay for this huge and continual expense.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The two authors open our eyes to the global phenomenon of obesity hitting China...the book ‘Fat China’ brilliantly shows this fast and sudden evolution of China, between the past generation and that of today.' —www.ma-grande-taille.com

'‘Fat China’ looks at one aspect of the "economic miracle" that had previously escaped attention […] the growing rates of obesity on the mainland. [The] findings are startling.' —Mark O’Neill, ‘South China Morning Post’

'Authors Paul French and Matthew Crabbe have explored “how changing diets, modern lifestyles, investment from foreign fast food and supermarket retailers and urban planning” are lending China a very American problem.' —Evan Osnos, ‘The New Yorker’

‘This eye-opening and pioneering book on obesity in China is based on comprehensive research and statistical data. More important, the authors examine the health problem against global economic, sociocultural, and political backgrounds and in much broader contexts… Highly recommended.’ —A. Y. Lee, George Mason University, ‘Choice’

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857289780
  • Publisher: Anthem Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: China in the 21st Century Series
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,179,413
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul French is a founder and the Chief China Representative of Access Asia based in Shanghai. Access Asia specializes in providing information on China's economy and consumer/retail markets. He is the author of a number of books on China's history, development and current society.

As co-founder of Access Asia, Matthew Crabbe has been analysing the consumer economy of China for almost two decades. He has specialist knowledge about the development of China's consumer lifestyles, and the repercussions that such fast change has for Chinese people and society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1 - China Gets on the Scales; Chapter 2 - China's Fat Class; Chapter 3 - Fat City – Obesity and Urbanisation; Chapter 4 - Mega-Wok – China's Diet From Cabbage to Cuisine; Chapter 5 - Shelves of Fat - Food Retailing in China; Chapter 6 - Fast Fat: The Impact of Fast-Food in China; Chapter 7 - Selling Fat - Promoting Fat in China; Chapter 8 - Little Fat Emperors - Obesity Among China's Children; Chapter 9: The Fat and the Thin - China's Body Image; Chapter 10: China's Fat Clinic – The Impact of Obesity on China’s Healthcare System; Conclusion: The Future of Fat China - Victims of Their Own Success?; Notes; Acknowledgments; Index

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