Muddled thinking is fuelling obesity epidemic

Cutting down on what you eat is a far more effective way to lose weight than burning calories with exercise

People's beliefs about the causes of obesity can affect their own weight, my research has shown. If you think lack of exercise is the primary cause of obesity, you are more likely to be overweight than someone who implicates poor diet.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 2:53am

Car commuters gain more weight, says study

David Wong/SCMP

People driving to work every day are packing on more pounds than their colleagues on trains, buses and bikes, according to a new study from Australia.

26 Jan 2013 - 9:17am

Fat people have lower death risk, study shows

Study finds that being slightly overweight, and even mildly obese, can increase life expectancy.

It's a common medical refrain: carrying extra kilos raises the risk of ills such as heart disease and diabetes and therefore the risk of premature death. But does that heightened risk of early death apply across the board to those who are merely overweight?

4 Jan 2013 - 9:24am

1 in 5 primary school children in the city overweight

The obesity rate among primary pupils was 20.9 per cent this year; that's more than 60,000 children of some 300,000 children. Photo: David Wong

One in five children in the city are obese - despite a slight drop in the percentage compared to last year - the Health Department said yesterday

13 Dec 2012 - 2:18pm

Fat children risk health problems

Childhood obesity is becoming an issue in Hong Kong. Many children do not do enough physical activity. They are encouraged to focus on academic performance, not fitness. Children should exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and this would help them lose weight.

In addition, many children do not have a healthy diet. They love fast food and soft drinks.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Schools globally fail to get physical enough

While physical education continues to be downgraded globally, the number of overweight or obese students is on the rise, research shows.

In many developed countries, two-thirds of 12 to 17 year olds were now classed as overweight or obese.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am


Q Do you think Hongkongers have an unhealthy lifestyle?

On your City front page on September 16, it was suggested that a BMI (body mass index) of over 25 meant that a person could be classified as obese. Moreover, it was also reported, somewhat counter-intuitively in my view, that some 20 per cent of Hong Kong's population could be considered obese.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Jockey Club relaxes overweight rule

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has altered the rules on jockey overweights with immediate effect, meaning that David Hayes-trained Equator Kid will carry two pounds overweight in the third race today.

The new rule will allow retained jockeys to put up two pounds overweight on horses trained by their retaining stable. Gerald Mosse is now retained by Hayes.

28 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Young people must have healthy diet

Many teenagers in Hong Kong are overweight.

This is a problem we can no longer ignore. I have a friend whose brother is obese.

He loves unhealthy food, especially fast food and sweets.

Because his parents are working and have little time to prepare meals, he often goes to fast food restaurants.

27 Oct 2002 - 12:00am