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What makes Chinese folks so slim?

Popularity 2Viewed 3437 times 2014-2-21 19:09 |Personal category:Health|System category:Life| Chinese, Health, Weight, Tea, Malawi

You walk to a Chinese restaurant and ask for vegetables, you will find some meat strewn in there. I actually wonder how vegetarians fare in China since it seems to me that meat is almost a basic component of the average dish.

When you look at the amount of starch and animal fats that are being consumed around China and the body shapes that dominate the streets, you see it – the people are smaller/leaner than they should be.

But with that said, don’t get me wrong, there are some Chinese who are fat and some who are super fat and the number seems to be growing, just this week i read a report that the Chinese military is getting too fat for the tanks.

Back in my country Malawi, people just eat a diet dominated by starch and most protein comes from fish and beans, but they blow up like blow dolls, why is the Chinese body not as inflatable?

Do we (Africans and Asians) have different genetic make-up when it comes to getting fat? For example Thailand is said to be 95 percent slim.

So I did a quick four-man survey.

Each of the Chinese people I asked said the secret to not getting fat is in tea.

And they drink a lot of it. Many Chinese in the streets clutch a bottle filled with green tea or so I think…haha.

So, tea?

Yes, drinking tea can help you lose weight, research suggests. But there is a catch - you need to have it without milk, reported The Daily Mail in 2011.

Scientists found that tea contains high levels of compounds that combat the absorption of fat.

Reported the Daily Mail: ‘The compounds, called theaflavins and thearubigins, stopped the pounds from piling on when given to rats on a high-fat diet, Japanese research published in the journal Nutrition this month (2011), found.’

But in Malawi, where I come from, we have some of the best tea and all this time my weight fluctuates between 90 and 80 kilograms and I didn’t know this?


But I still have a bee deep in my bonnet that the Chinese and Asians have an Anti-fattening gene, especially because not a day goes without me hammering tea…twice.

But still if I don’t jog, I blow up just from eating rice and fish… I envy the Chinese metabolism and will keep spying to steal the secret.

Ethiopians might also help, I mean, have you ever seen a fat Ethiopian?  

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report snowipine 2014-2-22 20:47
Keep the "spying" to find out the secret of having a slim body shape.
Reply Report mutafire 2014-2-25 17:37
snowipine: Keep the "spying" to find out the secret of having a slim body shape.
How do you describe your body? are you the slim type?
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-3-6 21:52
Here is a mystery, perhaps?  In the west we are warned about the dangers of obesity. One of the biggest dangers is developing type-2 Diabetes. In China most people I see still are slim. they don't look overweight. yet the data shows clearly a massive rise in type-2 diabetes in China. That's discouraging as in the West some are trying to lose weight so as to reduce prospects of that illness.
Reply Report mutafire 2014-3-7 00:09
ColinSpeakman: Here is a mystery, perhaps?  In the west we are warned about the dangers of obesity. One of the biggest dangers is developing type-2 Diabetes. In Chin ...
Interesting. Another group are Indians  and Pakistanis, they eat so much spice and fat based foods and rarely exercise but rarely get caught on the wrong side of Diabetes or Heart disease ....

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