It's pretty common knowledge that America struggles with an obesity epidemic, but new research shows that China has begun dealing with an obesity problem as well. This is largely a result of their "one child" policy that was created in the 80s to try and curb the country's massive population growth.
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Because there is only one child is so many families, the singular child is seen as a priceless treasure and is doted on by the parents, and even more so, the grandparents. They have no siblings to compete with so they're often very spoiled, selfish, and pessimistic. The grandparents in particular are the biggest part of the problem because they tend to give the child junk food as a way of showing their love.
This is mostly due to the fact that when this older generation was growing up, resources were very scarce. They didn't have access to the variety and amount of food that most Chinese do today, so they want their grandchild to have the special things they never did. It's also fairly easy for grandparents to give these kids junk food regularly because in Chinese families, the grandparents usually live with the family in a single household. Sometimes there are two sets of grandparents doting on (and fattening up!) a single child.
To combat this issue, several organizations have begun training grandparents on modern child rearing, and the Chinese government has started to relax its one child policy. But, as America knows all too well, they still have a long road ahead if they want to combat the problem entirely.
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