Shanghai white-collar workers getting fatter

Shanghai white-collar workers getting fatter

Nearly 95 per cent of 400,000 white-collar workers examined last year in Shanghai were found to have health problems, a record high in the past five years, and many of them were overweight, a report said.

The number of overweight workers rose from 15 per cent in 2011 to 33 per cent last year, and half of all men were found to be overweight, according to the report released by the health management centre and the human resources development research centre of Shanghai Foreign Service Co.

Besides being overweight, thyroid disorders and fatty livers were among the top problems.

The number of workers found to have health problems has risen each year, from roughly 87 per cent in 2011, the report released on Thursday said.

Breast diseases were the top threat to women, according to the report. Nearly 85 per cent of the women had hyperplasia, or an increase in cells, of the mammary glands, a condition that can happen in connection with illnesses. The number was 52 per cent in 2011.

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