Chinese women also increased in height, although they did not top the list of women’s growth worldwide.
Reviving media coverage of the Lancet study circulated widely online last week, with the topic going viral on China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo. A related hashtag for the topic was viewed over 200 million times.
The note shows how this increase in height represents much more than physical development. Rather, it is a symbol of how rapidly China’s economy has grown and the quality of life has improved in just a few decades.
The nationwide reforms marked a turning point. As the more market-oriented economy grew and the country stabilized, the food supply and personal wealth expanded. People’s diets began to change during the rapid urbanization of China, especially as they moved to cities.
In contrast, emerging economies and low-income countries – including many in sub-Saharan Africa – saw their children’s average height stabilize or decrease since 1985, according to the 2020 study.
China’s economic growth and improvement in its living conditions are a major source of pride for the Chinese public – many of whom have spoken on social media about the country’s rapid transformation during the “Golden Week” holiday following the national day on October 1. reflected on.
One Weibo user said, “Now children’s height is much higher than before because nutrition is much better than before.” Foreigners are tall because they have a rich diet of milk and meat, the user said – and now, it is common for Chinese people to do the same.
But China’s economic boom has also seen rising wealth between rural and urban areas – reflected in their health and height.
According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, per capita disposable income for rural households was 16,021 yuan ($2,440) in 2019, compared to 42,359 yuan ($6,450) in urban areas. And many rural communities have been cut off from infrastructure and transportation links for decades, even as large parts of the country have undergone rapid modernization.
The division means that rural children are generally smaller and less healthy than urban children.
A 1996 study showed that there was a five-fold increase in the average height of children in urban areas compared to rural areas. According to a 2014 study, although rates of stunting and undernourishment have declined dramatically across the country, they are still common in poor rural areas.
“There still exists large discrepancies between rural and urban areas in both health status and health care,” the study said. Calling for more measures promoting “equitable development for all children in China”.
flood in the north
People strengthen embankments to deal with floods in Yuncheng, China’s northern Shanxi province, on October 7. Heavy rains and floods have affected 1.75 million people in Shanxi, government outlet Xinhua reported, citing provincial officials. . More than 120,000 residents have been displaced, 17,000 houses have collapsed and 190,000 hectares of agricultural land has been damaged.
China rolls out Kovid booster shots
An increasing number of local authorities in China have begun giving fully vaccinated residents a Covid-19 booster shot, as the country seeks to strengthen public immunity in the lead-up to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
According to the National Health Commission, China has delivered more than 2.2 billion doses of home-made COVID-19 vaccines. And as of last month, a billion Chinese people had been fully vaccinated.
But experts have questioned the efficacy of Chinese vaccines, especially in the face of the highly transmissible delta variant.
Vaccine breakthrough infection – which occurs when a fully vaccinated person becomes infected with COVID-19 – is a problem for COVID vaccines around the world, including the highly effective mRNA shots developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Are included.
But the Chinese vaccines already had lower efficacy rates for the original version. According to the World Health Organization, the Sinovac and SinoPharma vaccines have an efficacy of 51% and 79%, respectively, against symptomatic infections, although they have a higher efficacy rate against severe cases.
But for China, the relatively low efficacy against infections – albeit mild – is a problem for its zero-Covid strategy, which seeks to completely eradicate Covid cases within its borders.
At a news conference in late August, NHC official Zheng Zhongwei recommended that workers in high-risk groups, such as workers at customs, airports and quarantine sites, be given a booster shot six months after being fully vaccinated.
On Saturday, Xinhua reported that Sinovac’s efficacy rate against symptomatic infections increased from 56% to 80.2% after a booster shot, citing research conducted in Chile.
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