Lifestyle changes contributing to ill health in China
Monday, June 17, 2013
China is now facing similar health issues to higher income countries including the UK and US, according to new global health figures.
Poor diet and cancer are a growing concern in China compared to issues such as TB and measles just 20 years ago.
Since 1990, rapid improvements in health have led to fewer infectious diseases. Children under five are also much more likely to survive. In a snapshot taken in 1990, there were 1m child deaths, compared to 2010, where the number was down to 213,000. People are also living longer – from a life expectancy of 69.3 years in 1990 to 75.7 today.