School feeds kids based on their weight

School feeds kids based on their weight
Credit: Tanzeel Ur Rehman/Cover Asia Press

A school in China has decided to feed kids based on how fat they are.

At a kindergarten in Jiading district, Shanghai, overweight kids get vegetables, and underweight children get milk and meat, reports the Xinhua News Agency.

For the past week, the menu for overweight kids included cabbage, bok choy, lettuce, and pumpkin. Underweight children were offered eggs, milk, meatballs, and biscuits.

The meal differentiation program is based on health considerations, Wang Yaqin, the director at the kindergarten, told reporters.

Obesity is a growing problem in China, which is home to more obese people than the U.S. since 2014, according to The Lancet. That year, one-in-six male children and one- in-11 female kids were obese. For the nation as a whole, 28.3 percent of the population was obese.

Over the past 30 years, child obesity in China has exploded. The number of obese children is up 17-fold for males and 11-fold for females, a three-decade study revealed.

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