40 percent of elderly Chinese are obese

40 percent of elderly Chinese are obeseBeijing, Sep 4 - Nearly 33 percent of Chinese adults between 20 and 59 years of age are overweight, while 40 percent of those between the ages of 60 and 69 are obese, a study has found.

The figures were up three percent and 4.2 percent respectively since 2005, China Daily reported, quoting a study by State General Administration of Sport.

A total of 231,925 adults were checked over a period of 19 months for the third national physical condition survey.

Although some participants in the survey said they were worried over their obesity, the report said the Chinese have become more healthy in the past five years, as indicated by their body shapes, organ functions and ability to perform aerobic exercises, according to the newspaper.

The number of people who meet the national fitness criteria has increased by 1.7 percent since 2005, it said.

"We are very happy to see there are more and more physically fit people in our country," Tian Ye, director of the national fitness monitoring centre, said at a news conference.

China's national campaign to encourage physical fitness gained impetus since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, an official added. (IANS)