China’s Diet Is Changing: Behavioral Science Can Make it Healthier and More Sustainable

Over the past several decades, China’s economic development has driven significant changes to dietary trends in the country. As incomes rise, many traditional ways of eating are being replaced with diets that are higher in salt, fat, sugar and animal products. And while undernutrition is now rare, obesity, high cholesterol and Type 2 Diabetes are on the rise.In 2022, President Xi Jinping’s government responded to these changes with two major aims to improve China’s food security which also helps China’s population eat more sustainable and healthy diets. This included a “Big Food” concept, which calls for an effective supply of major food groups and protein diversification, improving the efficiency of domestic agricultural production, and reducing food waste; and an update to China’s Dietary Guidelines to transition more people to healthier eating habits.

S Attwood
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