People in China who are overweight or obese are being urged to eat less sugar and instead focus on improving their overall health, according to a report released Thursday.
More than 1.3 million people in China are overweight, a health risk that can result in high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, according the World Health Organization.
The number of people with a high-risk condition has nearly tripled in China in the past decade.
According to the study, the number of overweight and obese people in Beijing and Shanghai has increased to over 40 percent.
The findings of the study come as China’s government considers whether to limit the consumption of sugar in a bid to stem a pandemic of obesity and diabetes.
China’s Ministry of Health has said the government will take a hard line on sugar in the coming months.
The ministry said it would not restrict the sale of sugary drinks and snacks and would instead look for ways to lower the consumption.
The report says the government is also working to promote the consumption and consumption of vegetables and fruits, which are rich in sugar.
“The government has made a commitment to decrease consumption of refined sugar,” said Zhang Fengping, a researcher at the Institute of Health Science and Technology of the China Academy of Social Sciences.
“We hope to see changes in food products as well.”
The researchers found that Chinese people who have a BMI between 18 and 24 are three times more likely to be overweight than those with a BMI of 30 to 39.
The WHO says that the obesity epidemic in China is linked to a variety of factors, including the consumption, distribution, and consumption patterns of sugar, especially sugar sweetened beverages, processed foods and refined sugar.
According a 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the consumption patterns in China have been linked to diabetes and high blood sugar.