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[Editorial] Obesity: a growing threat to health in China

30 Aug 2014

In the 65 years since independence, China has made good progress in improving population health and moving towards universal health coverage. Life expectancy has improved substantially—from 40 years in 1950 to 76 years in 2011. However, ongoing health challenges include an expanding burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and diabetes. NCDs are now China's number one health threat, contributing more than 80% of the country's 10·3 million annual deaths, and nearly 70% of its total disease burden.

Date: 
30 August 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet