As we have discussed before, The China Study is a long-term epidemiological study that teaches us a lot about which foods inspire long-term health. It was completed by studying different groups all over China, who make sense to study because they have different diets but similar genetics.
According to a Xinhua news article (via Eastday) studying young people in Beijing today would reveal an unhealthy trend:
A survey shows that about 80 percent of Beijing middle and primary school students are fond of foreign snacks, 43.6 percent of them go to McDonald's, KFC or other foreign fast food eateries every month, and 6.1 percent go every week or every day.
Incidentally, there is also evidence that the Chinese government--which reportedly makes 10% of state revenues from a tobacco monopoly--is encouraging citizens to smoke! According to Harper's magazine, this is one of may incredible quotes from Chinese government publications:
The smokers all around us now are also people of outstanding character. They have a great deal of determination and strength. The courage that they show in the face of unforeseen events—a courage that many nonsmokers are unable to muster—is unforgettable.
As the smoking and fast food trends collide in the decades to come, China could be cruising for a long-term health care crisis.