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

Morgan, Stephen L.

Authors

STEPHEN MORGAN s.morgan@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Chinese Economic History



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.

Citation

Morgan, S. L. (2014). Growing fat on reform: obesity and nutritional disparities among China's children, 1979–2005. China Quarterly, 220, https://doi.org/10.1017/S030574101400112X

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Nov 20, 2014
Publication Date Dec 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jul 22, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 22, 2015
Journal China Quarterly
Print ISSN 0305-7410
Electronic ISSN 0305-7410
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 220
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S030574101400112X
Keywords China; nutrition; obesity; inequality; economic development
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29352
Publisher URL http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9481060&fileId=S030574101400112X
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Copyright Cambridge University Press. Date of acceptance is estimated.

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