Poor Nutrition Holds Back China’s Rural Kids

A house in Pinggu, on the outskirts of Beijing, in rural China in 2012 Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Even as a growing number of Chinese city-dwellers develop obesity, many in rural areas still suffer from inadequate nutrition. According to a forthcoming study from Stanford University’s Rural Education Action Program (REAP), nearly half of the children surveyed in rural Shaanxi province were diagnosed as anemic, due to insufficient iron in their diets, and 40 percent showed cognitive or motor delays.

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