Obesity is among the factors behind an explosion in diabetes cases in China since 1980. Photo: Xinhua

One in three of world’s adults with diabetes is in China, WHO reports

Prevalence of chronic disease among Chinese has risen more than ninefold in a generation, far faster than in rest of world, thanks to unhealthy lifestyles, population growth and ageing

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Obesity is among the factors behind an explosion in diabetes cases in China since 1980. Photo: Xinhua
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Jeanette Wang

Jeanette Wang

SCMP health editor Jeanette Wang discovered the joy of trail running in 2011, when she moved from ultra-urbanised Singapore to the country park haven of Hong Kong. She's since neglected road running and triathlons in favour of the trails, and participates regularly in local races. Why? Because, as, John Muir said: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity..."