Fat In China

It had to happen sooner or later: The Chinese, already richer, are getting fatter.

Two years ago, China got its first drive-through Yum! Brands' (nyse: YUM - news - people ) Kentucky Fried Chicken and at the same time private car ownership has surged (see: "Fat And Happy In Oak Brook And Beijing"). Now a government survey concludes that there are 60 million obese people in China. That's slightly more than there are in the United States.

China, of course, has more people, and its obesity rate is far lower than America's. But it's catching up. The survey indicates that the number of obese people in China doubled between 1992 and 2002. If the trend continued--the survey took some time to tabulate--China has overtaken America as the fat capital of the world.

Forbes.com: Fat In China


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