China's domestic obesity rate has reached 12 percent and is still on the rise, especially among teenagers, the National Health and Family Planning Commission revealed at a regular press conference on Thursday.
Liang Xiaofeng, deputy director of the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, stressed the importance of reducing the intake of edible salt, oil and sugar and ensuring healthy teeth, weight and bones.
"Chinese people are not the fattest in the world. The U.S. obesity rate has reached 38 percent and will soon reach 40 percent. But the obesity rate in China is increasing at a very fast speed, especially among the teenagers," said Liang, stressing the importance of "healthy weight".
Liang also mentioned that the domestic prevalence rate of high blood pressure is 25 percent and that of diabetes 10 percent, which means people need to pay more attention to the prevention of chronic diseases.