Growing fat on reform: obesity and nutritional disparities among China's children, 1979–2005

Morgan, Stephen L. (2014) Growing fat on reform: obesity and nutritional disparities among China's children, 1979–2005. China Quarterly, 220 . pp. 1033-1068. ISSN 0305-7410

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Abstract

Economic growth over the past three decades has greatly improved the nutrition and living standards of people in China. However, increasingly, the Chinese are becoming heavier. As many as a quarter of Chinese school-age urban boys are overweight or obese, yet a third of Chinese children remain underweight. Drawing on six national surveys of children's health conducted since 1979, the article reports on trends in nutritional status and regional disparities. It shows that the drivers behind the increase in mean body mass and in nutritional inequality are associated with rising household incomes and associated inequalities between provinces.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Cambridge University Press.
Keywords: China; nutrition; obesity; inequality; economic development
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/S030574101400112X
Depositing User: Liu, Zhenxing
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2015 09:32
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 13:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29352

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