Childhood Obesity

Obesity rates among American children aged two to five halve in a decade

Obesity rates among two- to five-year-olds dropped in the US

While US rates of obesity haven't changed much in a decade, young Americans are showing signs of a turnaround, with rates nearly halving in that time, according to a new federal study.

Thursday, 27 February, 2014, 4:06am 1 comment

Childhood obesity still a problem in Hong Kong

The percentage of students deemed overweight has continued to drop but the rate is still significantly higher than 16.4 per cent 15 years ago. Photo: Reuters

Childhood obesity is a problem that has not received the attention it deserves. There is a common but dangerous misperception that an extra few pounds at a younger age does no harm. Some parents even find chubby children more adorable and are quite happy to see their waistlines grow more than they should.

20 Dec 2012 - 3:03am


Football fiasco

In two recent football matches, the average number of people watching was less than 600, even though one of the matches featured South China, a very popular team.

At overseas matches, the crowds are always much bigger.

Why is there such a difference? I think it is because of a difference in culture. Hongkongers are always busy.

27 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


Should rules be tightened on beauty salons?

Complaints have been received about the services provided by some beauty salons.

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

School burger service to continue

McDonald's says it will continue to offer a lunchtime delivery service to Hong Kong schools and argues the root cause of childhood obesity is not hamburgers but computer games and lack of exercise.

3 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Sweet and sour

There is a new war on in Thailand. It is not against drug traffickers or terrorists, although officials see it as a serious threat. The new enemy lurks on every street corner and outside every school, and is a danger to the well-being of even the poorest child.

29 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Doctors warn of rising obesity in children

Children are getting fatter, with more than 2,000 obese youngsters seeking treatment from a public hospital each year for diabetes and sleep disorders.

Medical experts warned yesterday parents cared more about their children's homework than their diet and 'sedentary' lifestyles.

29 Sep 1999 - 12:00am