Similar to Western countries obesity in China has a number of reasons. Not long ago suffering from famine, today’s China is completely different with many supermarkets, hypermarkets and convenience stores that offer a great variety of local and foreign food. But it’s not only that access to food has been improved - diet composition has been changed a lot too. Previous generations derived most of their daily calories from carbohydrates such as grains and vegetables while today over 30% of daily calories are coming from fat. According to some predictions, by 2022 a bigger part of the local diet would consist of animal products - meat, fish, eggs and dairy that are all high in saturated fat. Today's Chinese diet is also deficient in fiber and high in energy. In 1961 an average Chinese consumed 1415 Kcal daily - today the number of daily calories more than doubled. Calories have never been that cheap and convenient as today. KFC, Burger King, McDonalds, Starbucks or Hefans from the nearby FamilyMart - all those are
seemingly perfect solutions for a busy life in China. Even bubble teas - famous crowd pleasers - are dangerous for your waistline with one drink sometimes containing an average meal’s number of calories. Shocking, right? Well, continue reading.