Women are getting fitter, but male students are getting fatter, and everyone’s becoming weaker, a national survey has found. The “2014 National Physiques Monitoring Report”, released in Beijing on Wednesday, tracked the body shapes and general conditions of some 532,000 people aged from three to 69. It found 89.6 per cent were of an “acceptable” physical standard, a 0.7 per cent increase from the last survey in 2010. But only 88.2 per cent of adult men passed the standard, down 0.1 per cent from five years ago. In comparison, 91.9 per cent of adult women made the grade. Male physiques appear to have been declining since 2000, when the first such report highlighted a fall in men’s physical strength and a rise in obesity. READ MORE: 62 million people in China obese, sparking fears of ‘alarming’ financial burden “Maybe men are too occupied with their work,” said Qiong Huang, a Beijinger, 31. “It’s getting more difficult to find a boyfriend who keeps fit and in good shape. Perhaps it’s easier to train myself to become stronger than to have a muscular boyfriend.” Harrison Wang, 33, said women were “constantly on diets” and “regularly going to the gym”. “[But] men, especially the straight guys, seem not to care so much about figures and shapes. Many of them are getting fat after getting married or having children,” he said. Schoolboys and male students aged seven to 22 had a significantly higher obesity rate than girls, the latest study found. Boys aged 16 to 18 in urban areas had an obesity rate of 15.3 per cent, almost three times that of girls. Some 10.5 per cent of rural boys were obese, compared with 3.95 per cent of girls. Across all age groups, height had increased, but strength had been falling since 2000. Everyone knows that aerobic exercises are good for health, but through the monitoring reports we found that many people had neglected strength exercises Liu Guoyong, government public fitness official0 Grip strength, an indicator of people’s maximum strength, and the back strength of people aged from 20 to 59 had declined, particularly among adult men. “The results of these monitoring reports of national physiques showed the public has an increasing awareness of physical exercise, but there are still some misunderstandings,” Liu Guoyong, chief of the General Administration of Sport’s public fitness department, told Xinhua. “For example, everyone knows that aerobic exercises are good for health, but through the monitoring reports we found that many people had neglected strength exercises.” READ MORE: Many Hong Kong men think they’re slimmer than they are, obesity campaigners say Going to the gym, jogging, and working out at home have become popular among young urban Chinese in recent years. An industry report showed the number of gym goers in 70 Chinese cities had increased by four to five million each year since 2011, Xinhua said in July. People in Shanghai came top for physical condition, followed by residents of Guangdong, Hubei and Zhejiang . Beijing ranked ninth.