SCINQ Asia: The obesity problem in China is getting out of control

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A recent study in the Lancet highlights the depth of the obesity problem in China and has offered suggestions regarding how to address the problem. The authors state, “Obesity has become a global public health crisis, and China has the largest number of affected people worldwide, with about 46% of adults and 15% of children being obese or overweight. Increasingly Chinese society is making efforts to address the rising obesity and chronic disease epidemic.” http://bit.ly/2O2htss

Do banks have a responsibility to only invest in companies that satisfy sustainability standards? Some think so. According to an article in the ASEAN Post, the vast majority of Southeast Asian banks are invested in companies involved in deforestation, coal production, and other environmentally damaging practices. http://bit.ly/300rqxr

The African Swine Fever problem in the Philippines is festering and showing signs of worsening. New pig infections were recently confirmed in Quezon City. All of the cases were discovered in illegal pig farms. Officials have yet to determine how many pigs were at the urban pig farms, severely hampering the government’s ability to get in front of the problem. http://bit.ly/3005e6L

Astronomers in China have set a goal to have the entire Milky Way galaxy documented in a few years. Called the The Milky Way Imaging Scroll Painting project, it “aims to probe the distribution, structure and physical properties of molecular clouds to get a relatively complete picture of the structure of the Milky Way.” They expect the project to be completed by 2024. http://bit.ly/2ZZPJM8

The scape-gloating never ends when it comes to playing video games. After mass shootings in the United States, gun control advocates have the video-games-are-evil argument on speed dial. Seems like Russians share the sentiment. The RT reports that, “Some 58 percent of those surveyed expressed the belief that video games harm those who play them, state-run pollster VTSIOM announced on Tuesday. They contended that gaming causes addiction (26 percent), and impaired vision (13 percent), as well as aggression (10 percent).” It’s an amazing viewpoint to have almost twenty years into the 21st Century. http://bit.ly/2ZZPUXO

Taking their cues from Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger, food companies in China have entered the meatless meat market. Sixthtone offers an inside look at the free-for-all currently taking place in the world’s second largest economy. http://bit.ly/3005Fhp

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