It’s a timely coincidence. Diet is the leading risk factor for premature death on the mainland, accounting for one in three deaths in 2010, according to the study published in The Lancet.
The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) is a landmark survey of the middle-aged and elderly in China. Spearheaded by Peking University’s National School of Development, the study aims to collect multidisciplinary data, ranging from socio-economics status to health conditions, to be used to support the scientific analysis of China’s ageing issues. The Charls baseline study polls a nationally representative sample of more than 17,700 individuals from more than 10,000 households, in 150 counties/districts in 28 of China’s 30 provinces (excluding Tibet). The individuals will be followed up every two years.