Asia fattens. (Health).
Obesity is sweeping through Asia as its population shifts into vast new cities where the food is faster and fattier and the lifestyle more sedentary. Obesity is bringing with it cardiovascular disease and other ailments, as it did in the West a generation ago. Once rare in Asia, diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system are now the continent's leading killers. More ominously, obesity is spreading among children, causing a severe form of diabetes. In China, 5 percent of the population is obese; in its fast-developing cities, the number can be as high as 20 percent.