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  • http://english.dbw.cn銆€銆€ 2009-03-24 08:45:55

    Members of a performance group for overweight people pose for photos backstage during their performance in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province, March 5, 2009. The group is China's first professional performing arts group formed by obese people, with members weighing on average of 125 kilograms. [Photo: China Foto Press]

    "No pork, no beef, no spices, no greasy dishes. Sorry, I'm on a diet."

    It's upsetting to hear such words when ordering dishes, especially in a Chinese restaurant where people share food family-style.

    But dieters are becoming common as a result of the soaring Chinese economy in the past thirty years. As temperatures have gone up, they have begun starving themselves so as to jam into thin, light clothes before summer arrives.

    But it's more frustrating to realize that they are not serious about health at all. Even slim, young women spend thousands of yuan on membership cards to fitness clubs. However, many card holders actually go to fitness centers just a handful of times each year.

    Pills and dieting are the first choices of dieters because they are said to reduce weight instantly. As for exercise, many people have neither the interest nor the time. Many people are so lazy that they will take the elevator to travel up or down one floor.

    As a result, their efforts don't last long. When they succeed, people jump off their bathroom scales and celebrate the triumph with a sumptuous feast with friends, tossing out the do's and don'ts of the previous weeks.

    You see, these dieters are not seriously concerned with their health. For many of them, keeping slim is simply fashionable. All of their focus is on weight, weight, weight. They have no idea about calories and nutrition. Their guidelines are merely "tips" spread by fashion magazines.

    They are on an infinite but vicious loop - eating too much but seldom exercising, putting on weight, dieting, losing weight, eating again, putting on weight??
    This endless program looks like the bug we could usually see during the process of our modernization. People invest large amounts of money to clean up the environment after polluting it; humans drove thousands of species to the edge of extinction, then launched programs to protect them. But at the same time, the pollution and killing continue amid the economic development on much of our planet.

    Why do people repeat these mistakes? The chief reasons are lack of knowledge and out of a short-sighted approach. When people contaminated the air, water and soil, many of them didn't realize that someone would pay for it in the future. For instance, the growing incidences of cancer caused by the polluted environment will put a heavier burden on healthcare systems.

    Many people would rather make amends for their faults tomorrow than avoid making mistakes today. This is the case with many local officials, who believe that they should develop economy first and tackle pollution later. Facts prove that such a short-sighted approach leads to nothing but a mess - a damaged environment that may never recover.

    Similarly, many frequent dieters lack either health knowledge or the restraint to keep from overindulging. They don't realize dieting is a critical issue related to not only their personal health, but also the nation's future.

    In 1989, nearly 10 percent of Mexico's population was overweight; by 2006, the figure had increased to nearly 70 percent. Some 14 percent of Mexicans have now been diagnosed with diabetes.

    Experts worldwide have emphasized that education is key to controlling obesity. We can do at least one simple thing to help frequent dieters quit the cycle by popularizing health knowledge in China, especially in rural areas where a plump figure is widely considered a symbol of fortune.

    Developing countries like China might complain that they are short of funds to inform citizens about health problems caused by obesity. I don't know it is true or not. But I'm sure that these countries will pay a tremendous price if they do not take prompt measures to stop the population from putting on excess weight.(

    Author锛? 銆€銆€銆€Source锛? xinhua 銆€銆€銆€ Editor锛? Wu Qiong