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Forbes reports that the Chinese government says that there are 60 million obese people in that country – more than there are in the United States. The government says that 7.1 percent of Chinese adults are obese and 22.8 percent are overweight

While China has a much larger population than the US, and therefore has a much lower obesity rate, the number of obese people there doubled between 1992 and 2002. At the same time, the Chinese government says that health problems related to obesity – heart disease and diabetes, for example – also are on the rise.

While there is not necessarily a direct correlation, Forbes points out that the rise in Chinese obesity rates seems to coincide with the increase there in western-style fast food restaurants, such as Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
KC's View:
Ah, but think of the upside. China becomes an entirely new market for the purveyors of low-carb products.