Gym weighs in against gimmicks

Fitness First managing director Kent Richards is going to war against gimmicks that promise to get rid of excess weight without any work.

Monday, 26 April, 2004, 12:00am

people's republic of desire

Niuniu is dining with an old classmate, Lisa, who is visiting from America. Lisa is complaining about the US economy still being sluggish. It occurs to Niuniu that young people - particularly those who matured in the technology boom of the late 1990s - consider economic growth their birthright, and austerity an undeserved hardship.

3 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

A weighty problem

A recent survey by Baptist University confirms that most of us in Hong Kong eat too much, work too long, and spend too much of our leisure time in sedentary pursuits. We need look no further to understand why diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and excessive levels of cholesterol are so prevalent.

3 Aug 2001 - 12:00am


Twelve-year-old Chen Ran weighs 100kg and drinks up to six 1.5-litre bottles of Coke a day.

The Beijing boy, who is 1.7 metres tall, is among the many cases the mainland's leading obesity expert, Professor Ding Zongyi, has come across.

8 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Boys fatter: survey

Teenage boys are fatter than their female counterparts, a physical fitness survey of 4,000 secondary school students has found.

About 12 per cent of boys aged between 12 and 18 were found to have body fat of more than 25 per cent, while 7.8 per cent of girls the same age had 32 per cent body fat.

30 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Health food

Parents have been killing their offspring with kindness ever since the territory became, in the main, an affluent society.

They are doing no favours to children who are fed on a diet of junk food and fizzy drinks, who waddle to school weighed down with books, and go home to sit crouched over a terminal playing computer games, or slumped in a chair watching television.

29 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Creative campaigns can get the message across

A diverse range of campaigns has helped to deepen the understanding of how public interest can be drawn to important issues through simple, creative communication, according to a group of City University (CityU) students.

Final year communications students are exhibiting the projects they drew up and implemented as a learning exercise.

18 May 1999 - 12:00am

CityU health exhibition tackles child obesity issue

Obesity is a health problem which is increasingly affecting children in Hong Kong.

Health problems such as dia betes and high cholesterol are related to obesity.

Last month, four students from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) held an exhibition to help people tackle this child health problem.

30 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Displays provide wealth of health tips

Informative and exhibitions helped raise awareness of the prevalence of a variety of preventable diseases.

The displays, organised by City University students, focused on the prevention of heart and eye diseases and obesity among children.

Final year students of the higher diploma in English for professional communications course developed the projects.

19 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Children size up parents

CHILDREN today are heavier, taller and have larger heads than their parents when they were that age, the Chinese University survey found.

It showed that the head circumference of children today was on average one centimetre bigger than children 30 years ago.

13 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Surprise findings on sex

HONG KONG children are sexually mature at an earlier age than many children in Western countries, according to a comprehensive survey to be released tomorrow.

The findings contradicted the traditional belief of many people in Hong Kong, said Dr Sophie Leung Suk-fong, a senior lecturer in paediatrics at the Chinese University, who will be releasing the survey.

11 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Western lifestyle making city folks sick

CHINA'S standard of living is catching up with that of the West, and so is the nation's blood pressure.

A study by Beijing's Fuwai Hospital shows the number of people with high blood pressure is up 25 per cent over what it was 10 years ago, with one person in nine affected.

21 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

The secrets of our success

I ALWAYS think I suffer from obesity and my husband thinks I'm crazy. Ideally my weight should be 103 to 106 pounds [46.8 to 48.2 kilograms], but even when I'm three or four pounds overweight I feel bloated because I have small bones and every bit of weight shows. At the moment I weigh 108 lb so I'm trying to eat less. But it's difficult because we have been going out every night.

24 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

High cholesterol link

TELEVISION watching has been criticised in numerous health studies and is linked to obesity, low fitness levels, high-fat snacking, even emotional distress, alcohol abuse and aggressive behaviour.

3 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Paintings in praise of obese women

CULTURE shock came to Ngan Ting in a big way when she arrived in the United States in the summer of 1990 to continue her studies.

''One of my neighbours was an obese woman,'' the young artist recalls. ''I had never seen such a big woman in China.'' Did Ms Ngan snigger? Stare goggle-eyed and shudder? On the contrary.

19 Jan 1993 - 12:00am