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Fat China: How Expanding Waistlines Will Change a Nation

Paul French, Founder and Chief China Representative, Asia Access.

Evening Presentation by Paul French, Founder and Chief China Representative, Asia Access

A potentially disastrous side effect of China's booming economy'along with pollution and a growing urban-rural income gap'is the effect that obesity will have on the country's fragile healthcare system. Approximately 100 to 120 million people in China are obese, and around half of them are children. According to the Ministry of Education, almost 16% of urban children and young adults are considered clinically obese. This number is increasing at an astonishing rate of 8% a year, and in some of China's major cities the rate of increase is as high as 20%. What are the causes of this increased obesity? What can be done to alleviate the impact of this trend on the healthcare system? What are the consequences for China if this trend is not reversed?

Paul French is based in Shanghai and the founder and Chief China Representative of Asia Access. Established 14 years ago, Asia Access specializes in providing information on China's retail, distribution, and consumer goods markets. He is currently involved in working with retailers and brands on their expansion strategies in China. French is the author of a number of books on China's history and current development, including Through the Looking Glass: China's Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao and Oil on Water: Tankers, Pirates and the Rise of China (co-authored with Sam Chambers).


Event Details

Wed 12 Jan 2011
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central Hong Kong (Please note: No sneakers, denim or sportswear)

HK$150 Asia Society members/full-time students; HK$200 non-members (priority to members). To register, please contact [email protected]