Chinese University Offers Weight-Loss Course To Obese Students
A university in eastern China is offering a weight-loss course to raise awareness about the issues due to obesity, in the campus. The year-long course is only available to those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) higher than 28. Around fifty students have enrolled in the program at Nanjing Agriculture University in Jiangsu province. Students are encouraged to lose weight through a combination of regular exercise and diet control during the span of 12 months of the course. Sixty percent of student’s grade will be decided on how much weight they lose.
The university began the program after realizing that their students are gaining heavier. Nearly 13 percent of their students in the first and second year were overweight, Jiangsu Television reported. After a trial program, physical education instructor Zhou Quanfu introduced the course into the curriculum. Most of the students who applied for a place were admitted only after they cleared the normal physical education class tests including height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure and lung capacity measured.
In Zhou’s class, students have to will jog on treadmills every day other than outdoor assignments including step climbing, trail running and walks in local parks. They have to maintain a record of everything they eat and enter the calories they consume. They also have to upload photographs of their meals to a messaging service where they are advised diet by two nutritionists. The fitness course is the latest from educational institutions in China as it is becoming a generational problem. According to Peking University’s School of Public Health predicts, 28 percent of children in China aged between seven and 18, which is almost 50 million children, will be obese or overweight by 2030.