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Chiayi City cuts the fat with weight loss plan

Chiayi City cuts the fat with weight loss plan

Over 8,600 people in Chiayi City participated in an annual weight loss program organized by the city's Health Bureau this year, shedding a total of 16 tons, the bureau said Monday.

The program had an original target of 9.5 tons, but the result far exceeded expectations, according to the bureau, which invited schools, hospitals, companies, government agencies and individuals to participate.

The program designed to help participants lose weight on their own is divided into group and individual competitions. Their weight is measured before and after their weight loss to determine the number of kilos they have shed.

The biggest weight loser in the competition shed 24 kilograms in five months and will share his weight loss experience at an awards ceremony on Dec. 9, the bureau said.

The program was held to tackle the problem of obesity and encourage citizens to improve their health.

Over 45 percent of adults in the city are overweight or obese, and seven of the top 10 leading causes of death in Chiayi last year were related to obesity, according to the bureau. (By Chiang Chun-liang and Christie Chen)

Updated : 2021-09-23 02:56 GMT+08:00