“HAVE YOU EATEN YET?”
This traditional greeting in China, especially in Beijing, shows just how important food is for the country’s nearly 1.4 billion people. These days, however, one also increasingly hears, “Ni pang le!” (My, you’re fat!). Professor Shen Qu from Shanghai No. 10 People's Hospital has no doubts as to why obesity has become a problem in China. “Economic progress has changed our lifestyle,” he says. “On the one hand, we now have enough to eat, which wasn’t always the case throughout our history. On the other, people are exercising less and less.” High caloric intake coupled with low levels of physical activity lead to obesity and all of its negative effects, especially diabetes — more precisely, type 2 diabetes.