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26% of elementary students overweight: survey

26% of elementary students overweight: survey

Taipei, June 9 (CNA) Twenty-six percent of elementary students in Taiwan were overweight or obese in 2013-2014, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday by the Health Promotion Administration (HPA). The overweight and obesity rate was 32 percent among boys and 20 percent among girls. The results show a slight improvement from 2001-2002, when 28.2 percent of elementary students were overweight or obese (boys 31.8 percent; girls 24.2 percent). According to the HPA, due to the notion of "thin is beautiful," girls pay more attention to their body image than boys. As a result, the overweight and obesity rate of girls has dropped significantly over the past 10 years, while that of boys has risen slightly. Factors that cause children to become overweight or obese include consuming too many sugary beverages and high-fat, high-calorie fast food items and snacks as well as lack of exercise, the HPA said. (By Chen Ching-fang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-25 02:57 GMT+08:00