what a surprise

November 7th, 2007

Here’s one for the “No Shit Sherlock” files.

Results from a recent health examination in Beijing showed that teenage students in rural areas have better physical constitution than their urban counterparts.

Why does that not surprise me?

2 Responses to “what a surprise”

  1. Josh Says:

    I assume you would expect this because of more open spaces etc.

    The only thing that confuses me is that city kids tend to come from much better educated and wealthier families in China. I would think that would translate in more doctor visit and better awareness on health issues, but I guess it also means laziness and overindulgence.

  2. wangbo Says:

    I think the laziness and overindulgence, plus much greater access to junk food, wangba, and computer games explains it.Remember, rural Beijing isn’t grindingly poor, but not as wealthy as the city, so a rural childhood = fresh air, exercise, and much more plain, fresh food instead of processed rubbish. Fresh air? Yeah, I’m sure the vast difference in air and water quality in the mountain suburbs to the west and north explains a lot, too.